Edmond woman offered state investigator $4,000 bribe, grand jury says

An indictment alleges Tina Thi Vo promised money in exchange for help passing Oklahoma's Cosmetology Board test.
by Nolan Clay Modified: September 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm •  Published: September 6, 2012
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An Edmond beauty salon owner has been accused of promising a $4,000 bribe for help on an exam for a state license, while a former state employee has been accused of asking for the payment.

Both women were indicted in August by the state's multicounty grand jury. The indictments were made public Thursday.

Grand jurors alleged Tina Thi Vo promised Cosmetology Board investigator Patricia Migliaccio $4,000 in May to let her take an oral exam for an instructor's license and to use hand signals to give her the correct answers.

Grand jurors alleged Migliaccio asked for the payment and assured Vo she would pass.

Vo, 48, of Edmond, is charged with a felony — bribery.

Migliaccio, 63, of Moore, is charged with a misdemeanor — asking for a gratuity for performing an official act.

Both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Vo did not take the test and does not have an instructor's license, according to the Cosmetology Board.

The state agency licenses and regulates salons and their workers. Anyone who performs services such as hair cutting, hairdressing, nail care, skin care and the application of makeup must be licensed by the Cosmetology Board, according to its website.

Migliaccio worked at the Cosmetology Board three years before resigning in August to operate a salon. She declined to comment Thursday.


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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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