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Aniston, Cher

Alleged Victims

In Credit Card Scheme

8/18/2010 6:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... the U.S. Secret Service just closed in on a woman accused of operating a serious credit card scheme ... and many of the alleged victims are major Hollywood mega-stars.

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According to an affidavit filed in United States District Court, a witness claims Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Liv Tyler, Melanie Griffith, Anne Hathaway and Scott Speedman were all violated -- or at least their credit cards were -- by a woman who ran a swanky salon in Beverly Hills called the Chez Gabriela Studio.

According to court documents, Maria Gabriella Perez is accused of ripping off the credit card information from her ultra-wealthy clients ... and "fraudulently [charging] approximately $280,000 worth of charges in a one year period."

According to the docs -- Perez swindled $214,000 from Liv Tyler alone.

Perez was arrested on federal fraud charges -- and is due to appear in court in L.A. later today.

0818_clients_250UPDATE: Perez had listed some flattering quotes from her famous clients on her website -- including one from Cher that reads, "Gabriela is my favorite ass kicking facialist."

Perez also posted several personally autographed photos of her celeb clients ... including one from Jennifer Aniston that reads, "Dearest Gabby, Thank you for always being so good to me!"

UPDATE #2: According to the documents, Melanie Griffith has already stated that she is willing to "cooperate with an investigation and testify if needed."

UPDATE #3: Cher's rep tells us the icon was not a victim in the alleged scheme -- and does not know why she was named in the affidavit.

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awards    

Who would want to financially harm these sweethearts?

1345 days ago
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Tired of toxomom    

That's Melanie Griffin? Holy cr*p! Lay off the booze and the botox, hon.

1345 days ago
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noneofyourbusiness    

Boo-Hoo! They probably didn't even know it was missing.....

1345 days ago
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Mike    

Well too bad she couldn't have resisted the allure of easy criminal money. it sounds like she was a good facialist and had lots of happy clients. Greed is not Good. She'll be doing some time for this. I'll bet this happens a lot. I always watch my cards for suspicious charges.

1345 days ago
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Alisha    

Holy ****. How does a person not notice something like that? Jesus.

1345 days ago
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tenley    

Oh not another way for Aniston to claim Victim Status again. She already made herself out to be the "victim" of Bill O'Reilly's rudeness this week. (Damn, it must be so natural to her or something but anyway.)

1345 days ago
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Superman    

That was f-king dumb!!! She had a high-end famous client list... why would she mess that up?!?! There's small businesses all over the country that would kill for that client list. And this dumbass decides to (allegedly) steal their credit card info! Although it's rather interesting that they didn't know for a year that those purchases were not made by themselves!!

1345 days ago
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Annie    

Since I'm a Personal Assistant, I can say that never would've happened to my employer...

1345 days ago
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Dawn    

I can't believe some of these comments. So what these women make more money, it still doesn't give anyone the right to steal from them because they have more. I'm quite sure some of you make more money than your friends, how would you like it if they stole from you because of you more. And the article didn't say, these women never knew what was happening. In any federal investigation all information is kept private, until they have a suspect. So the feds probably asked these women to keep it private. Don't be so quick to judge.

1345 days ago
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solar panel    

Whenever I look at Jennifer Aniston's eyes I see immense beauty and deep loneliness. Snap out of it lady; whatever big disappointment hurt you in the past it's all an illusion and so is the little girl who keeps getting hurt by it. Breath deep, stand up, go for an ice cream, tell a stranger a joke.

If you think you might have Jennifer Aniston's disease, please buy the book "The Way To Love" by Anthony De Mello. Check out the little chapters that are called "Lost and Found", "Love One Another", and "The Blind See". It's a mini-book, costs the same as a couple coffees.

1345 days ago
11.

deb    

So considering Anne Hathways fiance ripped so many people off how does she like it.
Full circle!!!!!!!!

1345 days ago
12.

DenVan    

Headline: PEREZ RIPS OFF CELEBRITIES
Oh, too many jokes! My head hurts! Too many... just too, too many!

1345 days ago
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kickaboo    

15..lol, you rock too.

1345 days ago
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RJ Hunt    

Why burn a bridge like that...Without my high end clients this past 2 years I would be out of business...I thank my lucky stars...

1345 days ago
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RJ Hunt    

#15...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...THAT'S SOME FUNNY STUFF!!!!

1345 days ago
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