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Owners of a San Mateo beauty salon have been ordered to pay $50,000 in penalties in connection with allegations of illegally providing body art services.

At K&K Beauty Salon at 108 W. 25th Ave., Bruce and Kelly Dinger offer a number of cosmetology services that are not at issue. However, prosecutors said the Dingers illegally provided body art services to their customers. Services found in violation included cosmetic tattooing of eyebrows and lips, which involve piercing the skin with needles and injection of ink, according to prosecutors.

In 2016, Kelly Dinger obtained a permit to perform body art and registered as a practitioner. Subsequently, the county’s Environmental Health Services (EHS) found a number of health and safety violations at K&K Beauty Salon. The salon failed to properly handle and dispose of sharps, prosecutors said. It also allegedly failed to maintain required records of procedures and of equipment sterilization. And it used unapproved equipment, prosecutors said.

As a result, EHS revoked the facility permit in Febuarary 2017. However, the salon continued to operate the body art facility, prosecutors said.  Following a complain filed in 2018, the defendants agreed to the final judgment, which included no findings or admissions of liability, prosecutors said. The judgment requires the Dingers to pay $43,000 in civil penalties and $7,000 for the investigation. Also, it allows for EHS inspection to confirm compliance.