A 30-year old woman from California has been arrested and charged for identity theft, commercial burglary and grand theft after pretending to be someone else in order to get breast implants and liposuction from a plastic surgery center.
The woman set up a line of credit under somebody else’s name at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery, and caused suspicion when she did not return for her follow up appointments. According to news sources, the woman underwent surgery in September 2008 and then skipped town.
Yvonne Pampellone was a patient at the Pacific Center in late 2008 where she had liposuction, and a breast implant replacement. She had used another person’s name and personal information to get the surgery and opened a line of credit in order to get the procedures. The surgeries were performed without any complications, and the woman returned home; however, she made the mistake of not showing up for her follow-up appointments, an important part of any extensive surgery such as liposuction or breast implants.
She turned herself into Huntington police after lying to doctors and the staff at the center about her personal information. The staff called the police only because she did not show up for follow up appointments. Ultimately, Pampellone wanted to trade her old breast implants for new ones and get additional liposuction.
Detectives issued an arrest warrant after discovering that the tracking numbers on Pampellonne’s old implants were linked to her case. The procedures were worth over $12,000, and the woman has been deemed the ‘OC Breast Bandit’ after managing to get away without paying for her procedures. An employee had to pick her out from a photo lineup, and she was charged with commercial burglary, identity theft and grand theft.