More immigrants say man swindled them

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More immigrants say man swindled them

More victims have come forward against Eugenio Riviera, who represented himself as an attorney and swindled from illegal immigrants their personal information and possessions, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

Here's what happened, deputies say: Riviera, 38, told Maria Perez-Arellano and Guillermo Ortiz-Hernandez he would help them obtain drivers' licenses and bank accounts. In the end, he had them sign power of attorney documents that he said gave him total control of their assets. He used their personal information to open credit card accounts. He also charged the pair almost $4,000 for his services and stole a car from Perez-Arellano.

Riviera posed as a Highway Patrol officer and told the illegal immigrants he would turn them in if they did not cooperate, deputies said. Riviera was at the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

He was charged with scheming to defraud and criminal use of personal information. He was arrested in March on similar charges.

More immigrants say man swindled them 04/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 3:23pm]

    

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