Editors’s note: This story has been updated with more information from San Benito Police Department.
Update: San Benito police say they have received complaints against Oscar Hernandez, and are currently investigating 10 reported cases of fraud against him.
Police say the complaints were filed on June 2, after several news outlets reported on Hernandez’s arrest.
According to the complaints, during 2018 and 2019, the victims met with Hernandez at an office located on South Sam Houston Street. The victims signed agreements with Hernandez with the expectation he would build them a home.
The complaints say Hernandez received various “down payments” from the victims, ranging from $3,000 to $7,800.
San Benito police say they have scheduled a meeting with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office in order to ensure all charges against Hernandez are filed.
Police encourage people who met with Hernandez at the San Benito office and gave him money and has not had a response, to contact the San Benito Police Department at (956) 361-3880.
SAN BENITO, Texas (KVEO) — More valley residents are coming forward and claiming a McAllen businessman took money for work that was never completed.
Oscar Hernandez is facing 14 counts of fraud in the City of Mission after dozens of people paid money for him to start constructing their dream home, but nothing ever developed.
Now, people in Cameron County are coming forward with similar stories.
“She gave $6,500 and what did she get in return? Nothing, just stress,” said Melissa Perez about her aunt who paid for her house be built in Los Fresnos, “She calls they just tell her ‘yeah yeah yeah, your house is next, she keeps calling, one time she called and they said this isn’t even the right number, we’re just borrowing this phone.”
Her aunt is just one of dozens with the same story.
“I gave them $6,500 dollars in cash,” said Jesus Perez who has waited over 1 year and a half for Vita Moderna to build them their house in Brownsville, “He said in six months we will have the house, but it never happened.”
Last week, Oscar Hernandez was sitting in the Hidalgo County Jail facing charges for theft in Mission.
He has since bonded out, but now people who live in Cameron County are coming forward saying they too are victims of Vita Moderna.
Wednesday, they showed up to San Benito City Hall to meet with an investigator, but were told the office was closed.
“I’m mad because it was open, somebody closed it, that’s refusing our rights and that’s wrong,” said Perez.
We tried, but city hall staff did not open the door for us either.
No one came out to speak to the media, but shortly after sent out a press releasing confirming the police department is investigating 10 cases of fraud against Hernandez.
KVEO reached out to Oscar Hernandez who referred us to his attorney.
His attorney did not answer or return our phone calls.
The City of San Benito says their police department is meeting with The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday regarding the case.
“We will be meeting with the Cameron County District Attorney’s office tomorrow to further discuss
the case involving the fraud charges,” San Benito Police Chief Fred Bell, “Since June 2, 2020 the San Benito Police has received 10 separate cases of possible fraud when
the victims started coming forward.”
If you believe you are a victim of the Vita Moderna company, you are asked to call San Benito Police at 956-261- 3880.