Homeless man Perla Serrano stole a piece of ID belonging to Perla K 13 years ago and used it to claim a medical card in her name after dressing up. Suspicions did not arise until now as they share the same first name.
The 51-year-old was found in San Clemente, California sleeping illegally on the grass in a public area, reports ABC News.
The deputy on the scene assumed he was female until he spotted the man wearing a hospital wristband with a different name. Upon calling the corresponding hospital, he was informed that the woman was actually a man and had been a regular patient there.
"The victim has had to make several court appearances to clear up several arrest warrants over the years for crimes she didn't commit. I am sure she is just happy it's over," said Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.
"The suspect has been charging medical services at as many as four hospitals in south Orange County and the damage is expected to be well over $100,000."
Serrano faces grand theft, identity theft and commercial burglary charges.
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