linkIt was a well-oiled scam that targeted Beverly Hills' beautiful people.
"Dr. Daniel," armed with syringes filled with a miracle wrinkle remover, injected his patients with industrial grade silicone similar to that used to lubricate auto parts He might as well have called himself "Dr. Jiffy Lube," :saw: according to federal prosecutors.
Women who turned out by the dozens for parties at prominent Hollywood types' homes thrown by Serrano sipped cocktails as he injected their faces with his magical silicone, authorities said. The fee was $500 per injection.
Among his clients were Diane Richie, ex-wife of singer Lionel Richie, and Shawn King, wife of CNN talk-show host Larry King. But the injections damaged King's lower lip, causing a "displeasing hard bump" that made it difficult to drink liquids or talk, she complained, according to court records.
Another patient told authorities that Serrano's treatments caused three holes to form on her face that had to be repaired by a doctor.
As the industrial grade silicone flowed from his syringes, money poured into Serrano's pocket, prosecutors said. When investigators opened his bank safe deposit box, they found $1,160,312 in cash.
Serrano filled his syringes from plastic bottles at his kitchen table, according to court documents. One informant confided to federal authorities that she often visited "Dr. Daniel's" apartment and found him sitting at the table filling syringes.
But Serrano's San Vicente Boulevard apartment was filthy, and he did not bother to clean bottles or his tabletop with alcohol before filling syringes with his bare, ungloved hands, the informant said in court papers.