MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A woman is facing multiple charges after defrauding undocumented immigrants and other innocent people throughout Miami-Dade County, police said.
According to an arrest report, Doris Ortega, 42, would ask victims to invest thousands of dollars for musical concerts and events, claiming they would receive an even split in the profits.
Some of the investments were for more than $40,000.
Police said Ortega would give them a fake check for their profits and request that they withdraw a certain amount for future investments.
The victims told police that once they found out that the checks were not valid Ortega was no where to be found.
Investigators said Ortega also targeted many undocumented immigrants, claiming she was a government employee and could help them obtain legal immigration status in the U.S.
Investigators said the victim's paid Ortega a certain amount, but she would demand more money from them when they called her to check up on their status. Police said she also threatened to have the victims deported if they did not pay her.
Ortega is facing three counts of organized scheme to defraud, 6 counts of uttering a gorged check, three counts of grand theft and nine counts of forgery.
Investigators believe Ortega has defrauded many more victims and are urging anyone that was victimized to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.
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