Costa Rica: Man arrested for alleged modeling scam


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Man arrested for alleged modeling scam

January 22nd, 2014 ( Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) arrested yesterday morning a man accused of operating a scam that targeted hopeful models.

The man, identified by the last names Tabora Wilson, 40, was arrested by agents of the OIJ's Fraud Section at his home in the Trejos Montealegre section of Escazu.

Agents seized advertising posters, computer equipment, contracts, and other evidence during the arrest.

Tabora is accused of defrauding six people, both men and women, who paid between ¢150,000 and ¢650,000 for "lookbooks" (photo albums used by those in the modeling industry) which were allegedly never delivered.

Tabora is also accused of failing to pay models for events in which they worked.

The suspect allegedly advertised his services in various newspapers and web sites.

Tabora, a Nicaraguan national, has been convicted of fraud in the past.

In 2011, he was convicted of defrauding 41 young people, who paid Tabora in exchange for becoming models.