A would be breast implant bandit was apprehended after her old silicone implants gave her away.
Yvonne Jean Pampellonne had more than eight thousand pounds (15,000.00 USD) worth of cosmetic surgery done at a clinic in Southern California and then tried to escape paying the bill. Charged with commercial burglary, grand theft, and identity theft, Pampellonne will soon regret her new look.
The thirty year old used a stolen credit card and fake identity to have her ten year old silicone implants replaced with new ones at the pacific center for Plastic Surgery in Huntington Beach, California. She also had some liposuction performed and told the clinic that her real name was Cindy Payne. When she didn’t show up for follow up visits the clinic got concerned for her welfare and tried to contact her.
They soon realized what had happened when the true owner of the credit card called inquiring about the charges. Not willing to accept the loss, the clinic did some detective work of their own. It seems that all breast implants have serial numbers. By tracing the implants Pampellonne left behind the clinic was able to locate the surgeon who did the first breast augmentation. After contacting the police, the previous surgeon was shown a photo array from which he promptly picked out Pampellone from the group.
Though Pampellone eventually surrendered to the police and was released on bail, her story is one of caution to others who in their quest for fake boobs would use a fake identity to get them. Medical implants, whether they be silicone breast implants, plates used to fix a broken leg, or artificial hearts and pacemakers, all have traceable serial numbers.
Doctors will not be easily defrauded of their fees, as Pampellone found out. Pampellone’s attorney is convinced that a jury will eventually find her not guilty of the pending charges. Let’s hope so because her desperate desire for a new appearance may earn her some time in unflattering prison clothing where the cosmetic procedures she has learned to love are no where to be found.