LATEST: A federal raid seems to have further damned Lionel Richie's ex-wife
and her plastic surgeon lover as they fight to clear their names in a medical
malpractice and fraud case.
DIANE RICHIE was arrested on Monday (15NOV04) for allegedly allowing her
boyfriend to operate an illegal cosmetic surgery clinic in her bathroom.
She was charged with aiding and abetting DANIEL SERRANO, who allegedly
injected patients, including Lionel, with anti-wrinkle drugs, which had not
received approval by American health authorities.
Diane Richie was released from jail on Tuesday (16NOV04) on bail, but her
troubles have only just begun - authorities seized cash, jewellery and
significant amounts of a liquid substance believed to be used in the
manufacture of an illegal
anti-wrinkle drug, connected to the case, from three properties in Los Angeles
on Wednesday (17NOV04).
Two of the properties raided were banks and the cash, jewels and liquid
substance were found in two safety deposit boxes. One of the boxes was
reportedly registered jointly in the names of Daniel Serrano and Diane
According to court documents obtained by American court show CELEBRITY
Justice, Argentinean Serrano is not licensed to practice medicine in the United