Palmer declined to discuss where Fermanova came up with the $15,000 to purchase the three devices (two devices were purchased for $4,000 each and a third was $7,000). He also said Fermanova emigrated with her parents to the United States from Latvia when she was a young girl and is currently an American citizen.

According to her Facebook page, she is a 2005 graduate of the Ogle School of Hair Skin and Nails,and Texas state records show that she holds a cosmetologist license expiring next August.