Botox Bandits Strike Again
Orange County dermatology spas and clinics have been hit by a wave of Botox
crazed women. The first incidence happened a few months ago, and since then a series of unidentified women have been terrorizing clinics all over the county. This time around two women have hit a Yorba Linda based spa called Luxe MedSpa, the two women received thousands of dollars worth of treatments and injections. The women wrote fraudulent checks made out for $3,300. The Orange County Register has reported on the series of Botox crime, "The Yorba Linda report harkens back to a similar incident in Huntington Beach, where police sought the "Big-Bust Bandit." A woman identified as Yvonne Pampellonne, allegedly used a false identity to get breast implants and liposuction then skipped out without paying. Pampellonne turned herself in to police last month. In January and February, a "Botox Bandit" struck at two Newport Beach clinics, where an unidentified woman had $1,000 to $3,000 worth of injections of Botox and dermal filler, then walked away without paying." As we fall deeper into recession our wallets and wrinkles begin to take a hit, which is why some officials and industry observers say there is an influx of dermatology-related crime. This may lead to clinics and beauty spas deploying more stringent regulations on patients and more security checks.