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Nov 18, 2009

Graphic designer turns out to be scammer

Story PictureHe faces a string of charges for Obtaining Property by Deception but he has never been convicted. Thirty-four year old graphic designer, Artemio Acosta, of Neal Pen Road was this morning arraigned on five different counts of the charge. At around ten a.m. Acosta appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford and heard the first charge against him, which was brought by Daisy Mejia who accused him of stealing one hundred and fifty dollars on September third. He pleaded not guilty and was offered bail of two thousand dollars. But before Acosta could meet that bail, four additional charges were levied on him. The second victim, Feliciana Morris, a teacher at Guadalupe R.C. School in Maskall Village, said that last Wednesday, Acosta obtained four hundred dollars from her. Morris told police that Acosta, who claimed to be a graphic Designer, visited her at school and convinced her to order the t-shirts. She gave Acosta an installment of four hundred dollars towards the job and that was the last time she saw or heard from him until today. His two other victims—Linda Lopez and John Geroin—both of Lucky Strike Village, say they were approached in a similar fashion and Acosta managed to swindle money from them. Lopez told police that on October twenty-third, Acosta received two hundred and one dollars from her and on November second he got another two hundred and sixty dollars for t-shirts. And nine days later, on November eleventh, Gerion alleges that Acosta got ninety dollars from him. Acosta also pleaded not guilty to these four additional charges and was again granted bail. Magistrate Ford then increased his original two thousand dollars bail to three thousand dollars and all five charges will be heard as one on December twenty-third.


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