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Rip-Off Alert: Identity thief's actions lead to death

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 4/17/2013 8:59 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- This Rip-Off Alert presents a story of identity theft that ends with the death of the con artist.

This was a connection between the desire for a perfect body and identity theft. It might seem far-fetched, but not in this case. It began when the ID thief stole someone's mail.

"She stole the victim's info which had been in the mail,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Ivan Ramirez, “and she went ahead and contracted various creditors."

The con artist went on a typical shopping spree -- buying furniture, new clothes and other items. But then she made one very large unusual purchase.

"She actually went to a doctor, a medical facility, where she actually charged over $9,000 worth of cosmetic surgery," Ramirez said.

But her desire for beauty didn't stop there. The scammer went to what's called a pumping party.

"They would get together at hotels with an unlicensed physician who would pump these customers/patients full of silicone," to enhance various body parts, Ramirez said.

"The physician was actually utilizing not silicone of the medical kind but silicone that you buy in home depot or Loew’s -- very deadly and poisonous."

The ID thief's search for the perfect body ended in death. As for the victim of the identity theft?

"Her credit was destroyed and, still today, she's fighting or trying to make amends and correct her credit," Ramirez said.
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