LA-Area Salon Owner Gets Probation for Credit Scam

By: A.P. Email
By: A.P. Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of a Beverly Hills salon accused of
running up hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges
on credit cards belonging to her celebrity clients has been
sentenced.

U.S. attorney's office spokesman Thom Mrozek says Maria Gabriela.

Hashemipour was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to five
years probation, nine months home confinement and 3,000 hours of
community service.

Federal officials say Perez ran up about $68,000 in unauthorized
charges on a credit card belonging to a high-end jewelry designer.

The designer told investigators that other high-profile victims
spotted unauthorized charges on their credit card bills after they
paid at Chez Gabriela Studio.

Actress Liv Tyler was one of the first to notice that her
American Express card had more than $214,000 in unauthorized
charges over five months.


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