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Contact lens investigation leads to multiple arrests

law_webACROSS MISSISSIPPI — An undercover operation has resulted in several arrests and numerous businesses facing allegations of unauthorized dispensing of contact lenses, according to Attorney General Jim Hood.

Investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Public Integrity Divisions, working with the Mississippi Optometry Board, conducted a two-month undercover investigation, which resulted in seven arrests involving the owners and operators of S&K Fashion & Beauty Supply (Indianola), Fantasy City (Vicksburg), Fantasy City #2 (Vicksburg) and Underground (Ridgeland).

The defendants are accused of selling contact lenses to the public without licenses.  Approximately 870 pairs of cosmetic contact lenses and over $1,000 were seized.

“This practice is particularly dangerous because contact lenses must fit properly,” said Attorney General Hood.  “Without proper fitting by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist, a number of eye issues may arise. Those issues could range from minor eye damage to a total loss of vision. Also, the quality of contact lenses may vary drastically and be unsafe for wearing.  This is particularly a problem this time of year when people are wanting to enhance their costumes with a change in eye color.”

Those arrested and charged with the illegal sale of contact lenses without a license are:

• Jeong Hyun, 42, Indianola, (owner, S&K Fashion and Beauty Supply) two counts of facilitation sale

• Margaret Turner, 57, (operator, S&K Fashion and Beauty Supply), one sale count

• Elle Turner, 42, Indianola, (operator, S & K Fashion and Beauty Supply), one sale count

• Chong Heard, 65, Vicksburg, (owner/operator Fantasy City #1, Vicksburg),  two sale counts

• Suncha Beech, 61, Vicksburg, (operator, Fantasy City #2, Vicksburg), two sale counts

• Michael Kang, 49, Ridgeland, (owner/operator Underground #10, Ridgeland), one sale count

If convicted each defendant faces up to one year behind bars and $1,000 in fines per count. As with all cases, the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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