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Realtor schemed undocumented woman out of thousands of dollars, victim says

Eva, who asked for her last name not to be disclosed because she’s an undocumented immigrant, said she believes she was targeted because of her legal status. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

SAN ANTONIO – A South Side woman says a realtor took thousands of dollars from her. The money was a down payment she’d been saving for years.

Eva, who asked for her last name not to be disclosed because she’s an undocumented immigrant, said she believes she was targeted because of her legal status.

She said she paid more than $6,000 in money orders toward the house, which was new and located on the city’s Southeast Side. Then, the realtor disappeared.

“I’m not buying anything,” Eva said in Spanish. “I already lost my money, and I don’t have anything.”

Sheriff Javier Salazar recently appealed to immigrants, urging them to report crimes and telling undocumented individuals not to worry about deportation.

“There is a certain subset of predatory criminal that prey upon the undocumented community,” Salazar said.

Fox San Antonio called the manager of the real estate company that Eva used. The manager said the realtor had been fired for an unrelated issue, and he didn’t know about the problem until Eva came forward.

Eva said her family already envisioned living at the home, with her kids fighting over which rooms they would have. She wants to give them a better life.

The manager of the real estate company said he planned to talk to Eva on Friday so he could make arrangements to take a look at her documentation, file a police report and help find her a new home. He said the company would help make up the money, for example, by rebating commission.

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