Man arrested for alleged modeling scam

January 22nd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) 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.

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    • Ken Morris

      The story is kind of ho hum.

      I’m sure lots of businesses make promises on which they don’t deliver, including promises of payments that are never made. At what point this rises to the level of fraud and becomes a criminal matter, I don’t know, but it strikes me as almost business as usual. Heck, the business’s obvious defense is that it intends to make good on its promises, just is temporarily encountering unforeseen delays.

      I’d also bet that the modeling business is rife with these kinds of lowlifes. Come on, a guy with a camera and a telephone advertizing to attract pretty women willing to strip–what could go wrong here?

      Thus it’s the video that intrigues me. There sure are a lot of cops with weapons drawn and breaking open the door to capture a guy whose offenses seem limited to failure to provide a promised product and not paying people the amount allegedly agreed. If the cops were similarly aggressive about capturing other slack businesspeople, we’d see armed squads breaking down doors almost daily in most neighborhoods.

      So I have to ask: What’s different about this guy? Is it because he’s Nica? Because the charges are more serious than the article lets on? What?