BOTOX® Bandit May End Up Being Just Another Pretty Face in Prison
For as long as crimes have been committed, there have been “copycat” criminals. In the case of Florida’s “BOTOX® Bandit,” however, a particularly image-conscious copycat will serve her sentence with smooth, rejuvenated skin and fewer facial wrinkles.
In a case very similar to one that occurred in Scottsdale, Arizona last year, a woman recently went into Rejuva Medi Spa in Hillsborough County, Florida and allegedly received BOTOX® treatment worth $850. Before paying for the procedure, she convinced the employees at the spa that she needed to go out to her car and then promptly drove away without paying. Rejuva Medi Spa technician Dawn Gardner said that the suspect was “very smooth” and “knew what she was doing.” The suspect gave the spa a fake name and address and requested that her face not be scanned, but didn’t realize that the spa’s plastic surgeon takes a picture of each patient before and after a procedure.
In March 2006, a Scottsdale woman entered the CosmediSpa and received BOTOX® treatment worth $1,400 before leaving her jacket and purse – which turned out to be full of toilet paper – in the lobby in her rush to escape. She, too, gave the technicians at the spa a pseudonym (“Jamie Vons”) and bragged to the employees about having a wealthy husband, a tale that she reinforced by wearing a business suit and ostentatious jewelry. Aided by before-and-after photographs of Ms. “Vons”, local law enforcement officers later caught her outside of, appropriately, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Thankfully, the Sheriff’s department in Hillsborough County had access to similar before-and-after photos of their local BOTOX® thief and published a photo in the hopes that it would help bring her to justice, a move that paid off. On August 8th, 30-year-old Jaimie Merk of Tampa was arrested and charged with one count of grand theft, a third-degree felony in the state of Florida. She posted $2,500 bail and was released from jail early the next morning.
If convicted of a third-degree felony, Florida’s BOTOX® Bandit faces up to five years in prison. Unfortunately for her, the effects of her BOTOX® treatment will last for only the first four months or so of that sentence.
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