Breast Implant "Bandit" Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail

Yvonne Jean Pampellone of Laguna Niguel was charged with breast implant fraud In late 2009 after opening up a line of credit under someone else’s name and pursuing liposuction and breast implant surgery at a Huntington Beach plastic surgery center.

The staff at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery reportedly became suspicious of Ms. Pampellone’s activities when she came into the center for surgery in 2008, but then stopped coming in for her follow up appointments.

Ms. Pampellone wanted to undergo additional surgery, and returned to the same treatment center under a different name a year later. She stole the ID of another woman and set up a new patient profile at the center. Her real identity was later traced by tracking the numbers on her first implants, and the staff identified her through a photo lineup. She turned herself in to police the following day.

Yvonne Pampellone has now been sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation. She reportedly attempted to purchase $12,000-worth of cosmetic surgery at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery. She pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft. In the state of California, second-degree burglary is also called commercial burglary, which means the individual entered a place of business with the intent to commit a felony. It can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Grand theft in California is defined as a committing a crime when the money, labor or real or personal property is of a value exceeding four hundred dollars.

When Yvonne Pampellone was arrested in the spring of 2009, her defense attorney Paul Wallin tated that the facts would eventually show that his client was not guilty.

In addition to serving jail time and probation, Ms. Pampellone has been ordered to pay back the money she used to get the breast implants.

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