Salon owner sentenced for skimming high-profile customers' credit card data

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A Beverly Hills beauty salon owner won’t have to worry about bad hair days for awhile. A federal court has sentenced her to nine months house arrest and five years probation for skimming credit card information from a celebrity clientele that included Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Cruz, Cher and Anne Hathaway.

Actress Liv Tyler was one of the first to notice that her American Express card statement indicated more than the cost of a shampoo, cut and blow dry from the Chez Gabriela Studio.

Over five months, Tyler found more than $214,000 in unauthorized charges on her card. She e-mailed another salon client, and the two recognized that their stylist had gone on a spending spree. Their complaint set federal agents on the trail of Maria Gabriela Hashemipour.

The salon owner pleaded guilty in January to access device fraud. Prosecutors didn’t get everything they wanted – they’d hoped to put Hashemipour behind bars for more than two years. But a judge considered the 51-year-old woman’s health and her ability to pay restitution. Her lawyer says she hopes to accomplish that by continuing to offer “the gift of beauty she has always provided to women.”

A hearing scheduled for October will determine how much the Chez Gabriela owner will have to pay her victims.