A Dominican hairdressing shop owner is in jail after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
John Pimentel Jr., 44, of Tampa, Florida, admitted to selling fake hair and makeup to customers and employees of an upscale hair salon in Miami.
The Broward County Court found that Pimentels sales were “illegal, dishonest and deceptive.”
According to court documents, Pimenteln began selling his products in November 2015 for $35.50 per haircut and $25 per manicure.
He allegedly told customers that they would receive the products in the mail and would have no obligation to return them.
After receiving complaints from customers, he was suspended and ordered to undergo drug testing.
The court found that when he tested positive for cocaine, Piments hair was “highly adulterated and his products were not in the correct condition to be used as the hair for a salon.”
Pimentels attorney, Richard Satterfield, said Pimentells actions are part of a pattern of fraudulent and unethical business practices.
He said that Piments products are not legal and are sold by an illegal “honey pot” company.
He said that customers are not aware of what their products are or where they come from.
Pimentel was sentenced to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.