Maria Gabriela Perez, 51-years old, owner of Chez Gabriela Studio salon and beauty spa was arrested Wednesday afternoon and was charged with federal fraud lawsuit after she allegedly kept credit card information from her celebrity clients, charging thousands of dollars.
Owner of Beverly Hills, California-based salon and spa was arrested by United States Secret Service on two counts of access device fraud, the charges was equivalent to a maximum of 25 years in federal prison if convicted. Perez allegedly ran up nearly $68,000 in credit card charges belonging to a jewelry designer.
Chez Gabriela Studio’s former client list includes Liv Tyler, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Anne Hathaway, and Melanie Griffith.
Associated Press reported that Liv Tyler was one of these alleged victims of credit card fraud, with $214,000 in fraudulent charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wesley Hu speculated that the scam was pretty simple:
“After the clients had legitimate services performed at the salon where they ran credit cards, she kept the credit card information and then ran unauthorized charges on the credit cards.”
Actress Jennifer Aniston told “Good Morning America” Thursday that she stopped going to Perez studio about five years ago.
“We had a situation that was not cool,” Aniston said. “So I stopped going to her. Paid her the money and left. … I knew something like this would eventually happen.”
However, Perez lawyer commented on the allegations, saying:
“At this time she is innocent of all charges. She is a legitimate business woman who provides legitimate services. We are confidant when the facts come out my client will be exonerated of all charges.”