Vanessa Beauty Salon is accused of engaging in a fraud scheme that involved the sale of over $600,000 worth of products, including a line of cosmetic hair products, which were not FDA-approved.
According to a complaint filed in federal court in Los Angeles, the former owner of VanessaBeautySites.com, Kristin Guevara, sold her company, which was in the process of being acquired by the beauty brand, for $300,000 in 2016.
The complaint claims that Guebrona falsely claimed that she had obtained a medical license and had been approved for use in the state of New Jersey, which she never had.
The complaint states that the sale included a list of products that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which meant they were not in compliance with the company’s terms and conditions.
GueBrona also falsely stated that she was a licensed dermatologist, when she was actually an obstetrician and gynecologist.
The lawsuit also alleges that Guesa and her husband, Scott, engaged in fraud by selling products that had been previously approved by FDA.
In the complaint, the federal authorities allege that Gueza sold products that violated FDA’s Cosmetic Ingredient Guide and the Cosmetic Ingrow Regulations.
The FDA regulates cosmetic products that contain ingredients that contain synthetic ingredients.
Gueza was also accused of falsely claiming that her products had not been tested, and that she used the same manufacturer and brand as her other beauty products, according to the complaint.
The cosmetics company was also charged with fraudulently billing customers for products that they never received.
Guebrosa is being held without bond pending trial.