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Jennifer Aniston, Liv Tyler alleged victims of card fraud
Jennifer Aniston's former beautician could be doing the hair and nails of a different type of clientele if convicted of stealing credit card information from a variety of A-list celebrities.
Maria Gabriella Perez, owner of the Beverly Hills salon Chez Gabriela Studio, was arrested Wednesday and accused of fraudulently charging hundreds of thousands of dollars on cards belonging to Aniston, Liv Tyler, Anne Hathaway and Melanie Griffith, according to court documents and news sources.
Records claim Perez charged about $280,000 to celebrity cards in just one year; $214,000 of that was charged on two of Tyler's American Express cards over a five-month period alone. The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles says she initially got the card details by providing legitimate services, and later dug up the information and entered it manually for the fraudulent charges.
Prosecutors allege Perez also ran up $68,000 in unauthorized charges on a card belonging to jewelry designer Loree Rodkin.
Aniston, appearing on Good Morning America August 19, said she wasn't surprised by Perez's actions; she and the stylist had a bad hair day together five years ago.
"We had a situation that was not cool, so I sort of just stopped going to her," Aniston said. "I knew that something like this would eventually happen because you can't get away with that."
Perez faces up to 25 years in federal "you-aren't-in-Beverly-Hills-anymore" prison if convicted of both counts of access device fraud.
Not helping Perez's defense is the studio's website full of personalized, possibly counterfeit testimonials from the actresses listed as her victims.
"Thank you for always being so good to me," reads the message on Aniston's headshot. "You are magic! Thank you for changing my skin," says Griffith's picture.
Officials working the case say they have obtained e-mails between Perez and Rodkin in which the stylist offers the designer $25,000 in products as a settlement. I'm guessing Rodkin didn't need that much hairspray.
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