GREENWOOD, Del.- Jose Oyola, of Greenwood, was arrested on April 18th, 2013 for allegedly scamming Hispanics. It's suspected that he victimized 20 people at the Community Center Head Start in Bridgeville.
Oyola is charged with felony extortion. Victims claim that he offered a realm of services which he never completed, and simply stole their money. This included tax services, assistance obtaining work visas, and drivers licenses.
Workers at La Esperanza in Georgetown say Hispanics should steer clear of offers that seem too good to be true. "People make promises that they can give you licenses, green cards, work permits. That they can help you go to college with a scholarship and they rip you off," said Mayra Cruz. "They take people's money and the sad thing is that the community doesn't know where to go."
Advocates for the Hispanic community say the problem stems from language barriers and the lack of understand of how systems work in the U.S. "Sometimes they think the more they pay, the more likely it is that they will get a good service ad quite often that's just simply not the case, " said victims immigration attorney, Neda Biggs. "And they simply don't know how to check whether the person offering them help is really qualified."
Police say Oyola offered to help clients with various services. However, he never fulfilled his promises and police say he pocketed the cash. Oyola is a part time adult education employee at Sussex Tech. The school system says he has been suspended pending the completion of this investigation.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:33:21 GMT
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