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Three are charged in scam targeting illegal immigrants

POSTED: April 6, 2009 11:10 p.m.

Gwinnett County Police have arrested three Snellville residents they say were involved in a scam that targeted illegal immigrants and tricked them into paying a $260 fee with the promise of a job.

Police say they began investigating a company called Hernandez Productions after receiving a complaint that the company was advertising job openings for a fake nightclub called Escapade 2010, according to a news release from Cpl. David Schiralli.

The company allegedly advertised job openings for the fictitious club through local Latino radio stations and the internet.

Victims who inquired about the jobs were sent to the food court of Gwinnett Place Mall to fill out an employment application. Victims were then told they had been hired.

They were asked to pay a fee of approximately $260 to cover the costs of bartending school, work uniforms and a special liquor license for illegal immigrants to serve alcohol.

After receiving a complaint about the scam, Gwinnett investigators arrested 20-year-old Francisco Vaquera, 24-year-old Jesus Lizaggara and 35-year-old Doris Hernandez.

The three were charged with two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception. Hernandez was also charged with one felony count of theft by conversion. She remains in jail on a $66,000 bail.


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