Friday, January 21, 2011

Beverly Hills Fraud

She's quite the Hair Raiser. (HT UK Daily Mail)

Pictured above is Maria Gabriela Hashemipour. She's pleading guilty to fraud, specifically bilking A-listers credit cards. From the UK Daily Mail:

"A Beverly Hills stylist faces 10 years in prison after fraudulently using her A-list celebrity clients' credit card details in a million dollar scam.
Maria Gabriela Hashemipour, 51, agreed yesterday to plead guilty to one fraud charge at the U.S. District Court.

According to her website, Hashemipour's client list at her Chez Gabriela Studio includes Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Cher.

An affidavit filed in the case states two of actress Liv Tyler's credit cards had $214,000 in fraudulent charges from the studio over a five-month period last year.

The New York Post also revealed the stylist charged $16,518 to actress Anne Hathaway, $8,200 to Melanie Griffith, $4,500 to Penelope Cruz and $22,205 to Cher.
For agreeing to enter a guilty plea to the one charge, 40 other counts against her will be dropped.

However, Hashemipour also faces a fine of up to $250,000 and will be ordered to pay back all the money taken from her clients, estimated to be around $1million.
She may also be deported because the indictment filed against her said she was born in Mexico, not in Spain as she had claimed, and that she had fraudulently obtained a U.S. passport."

Jail, fines, and deportation. Quite the trifecta, indeed.

Background Intel:

UK Daily Mail:Beverly Hills stylist faces jail for using A-list clients' credit cards in million dollar fraud

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