Cosmetology School Owner Pleads No Contest to Felony

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Fremont woman accepted money in exchange for fraudulent educational documents.

Nancy Chan Fong, of Fremont, pleaded no contest to one felony count of offering forged or fraudulent documents that were filed with the State of California.

The February 9, 2016 plea agreement is the result of an investigation conducted by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation at the request of the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. The Division’s Hayward Field Office worked with the U.S. Department of Customs and Immigration Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Fong owned Nan’el Beauty College, in San Jose, but the school closed in February 2012.  Then, in 2014, the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology suddenly received 23 applications for licensure that included documents dated 2011 and 2012 from Nan’el Beauty College.

The investigation showed that four of the 23 applicants from Nan’el had not been in the U.S. during the time they claimed they had attended Fong’s school.  Fong admitted that after she closed Nan’el she accepted money from those four individuals in exchange for fraudulent educational documents which showed they had completed the required number of instructional and practical hours to obtain cosmetology licenses.

Fong was initially charged with four additional felony counts, but those counts were dropped as part of a plea agreement with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology will pursue disciplinary action, as appropriate, against Fong’s establishment license and cosmetologist license.