A homeless man from California is being accused of stealing a woman's identity for 13 years just so he could receive medical care.
Perla Serrano, who is in actuality a 51-year-old man, was discovered sleeping in a public area by San Clemente police this weekend. Though he was initially believed to be a woman, when police noticed he was wearing a wristband with a different name than he gave, they called a San Clemente hospital to confirm Serrano's identity.
"The deputy called San Clemente Hospital and was informed by San Clemente personnel that the person was actually a man, not a woman," Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino told ABC News.
It turns out, Serrano had stolen the identity of a woman who shared his first name - she is being named as only "Perla K." - and racked up about $100,000 in medical bills, as well as numerous arrest warrants.
"The victim has had to make several court appearances to clear up several arrest warrants over the years for crimes she didn’t commit," Amormino explained. "I am sure she is just happy it’s over."
[via Huffington Post]