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Man wore women’s clothes to fake medical claims

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a man masqueraded as a female to get into three local hospitals, charging more than $100,000 in medical bills to a woman’s medical card.

“He had enough personal information, including the victim’s address, to obtain some type of health care card under the victim’s name,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Jim Amormino of 51-year-old Perla Serrano.

Police said Serrano was arrested initially because he was found sleeping overnight along a roadside in San Clemente. Investigators described him as a transient, and believed he was a woman.

“He wore clothes that females would wear, such as a female-type sweatshirt with a hood, or female-type shirt or blouse, not necessarily a dress,” Amormino said.

He was also wearing an identification bracelet from a San Clemente hospital, one of three in South Orange County where he is accused of racking up $100,000 in medical bills, police said.

Serrano is facing six charges of identity theft, burglary and impersonation. The victim is said to resemble Serrano.

“This has been a nightmare for the victim,” Amormino said, adding “as one could imagine.”

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.


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