Orlando, Florida law enforcement has been working around the clock for some months to lock up a group of women who stole personal information (including credit cards) of innocent individuals to buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery and dental work.
According to police, the women involved/wanted in the investigation they have dubbed “Operation Nip Tuck,” cashed out on everything from breast implants to gold teeth, showing off their new purchases on social media.
Local news station WFTV spoke with Detective Todd Herb, who has spent months working to expose the fraud scheme. “Constantly, you would see them on Facebook and Instagram showing their pictures just a few days after their surgery,” he said.
Constance Zellous, one of the ladies involved in the scam, was also known to show off before and after photos of her surgeries. However, workers at Paradise Dental eventually figured out she was using someone else’s information and contacted police.
Zellous and several other women have been arrested so far, with police still searching for three other women involved.
According to WFTV, there are 16 women connected to this scam, totaling more than $160,000 for procedures. Unfortunately, for the victims of “Operation Nip Tuck,” it could take decades for them to rebound from this incident. Many that were effected were between the ages of 20 and 24 years old with no lines of credit. Now their credit is ruined.
“To get work done for vanity purposes is theft, and it’s terrible they did this against these victims,” said Herb.
The charges these women will face have yet to be announced, as they continue their search for more women involved, including the alleged ringleader.