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Man again accused of defrauding immigrant

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Man again accused of defrauding immigrant

Eugenio Riviera is already in jail on charges that he defrauded immigrants by posing as an authority and getting them to sign over power of attorney to him.

Sheriff's investigators have added to the case against him, saying now that Riviera conned another illegal immigrant last May by taking money from the man to help him retrieve his car. Riviera then refused to turn the car over, demanding more cash because he'd had the car's title put in his name, the Sheriff's Office said.

The victim said Riviera, 38, wore a police-style uniform and carried a badge and picture I.D. and drove a van marked with the words "Emergency Rescue Relief," according to his arrest report from Tuesday.

Riviera, of 19612 Owensboro Road, faces new charges of scheme to defraud and criminal use of personal identification. He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $24,000 bail.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Assistant accused of taping mouths resigns

The Seven Oaks Elementary School instructional assistant who was removed from the classroom amid allegations that she taped students' mouths shut in April has resigned.

The employee would not talk to deputies or school district officials about the alleged incident, "and she just came in and resigned," assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose said. The Sheriff's Office declined to pursue any charges in the case.

Man again accused of defrauding immigrant 05/07/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 9, 2008 12:31pm]
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