Celebrity ‘skin artist’ was a scam artist

The woman who Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Melanie Griffith and other stars have trusted with their skin allegedly couldn’t be trusted with their credit cards.

Federal agents arrested Beverly Hills spa owner Gabriella Perez on charges of using her celebrity clients’ credit card information to make fraudulent purchases totaling at least $280,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles…

Chez Gabriela Studio is “the temple of beauty” for Beverly Hills, its website said.

Gabriela is my favorite ass kicking facialist,” the website quoted Cher saying. “She is the Michelangelo of skin care!”

The criminal complaint named actress Liv Tyler as a major victim, with $214,000 in allegedly fraudulent charges made by Perez on her American Express card last year.

High-end jewelry designer Loree Rodkin was the first client to alert federal investigators, the complaint said.

The complaint alleges Perez “fraudulently charged numerous times on her (Rodkin’s) Visa credit card from the studio.”

When Rodkin’s lawyer tried to resolve the charges with Perez, she allegedly offered her $25,000 in services in exchange for the $68,000 in allegedly fraudulent charges, the complaint said.

How do you negotiate your way out of credit card fraud?

OTOH, how do you let a couple hundred thousand dollars be added to your credit card account – without noticing? Sheesh!

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