Man arrested after stealing thousands from residents in construction scam

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MISSION, Texas – One man is in police custody and is being held on charges of theft by deception.

The arrest stems from police reports filed against Oscar Hernandez’s property management company, Vita Moderna Homes. The victims who filed those reports said Hernandez was supposed to build their dream homes. 

“These victims alleged that they did provide down payments to this company to construct homes within six months. Of course, the range from down payments was looking from $6,000-$10,000,” said Arturo Flores, spokesperson of Mission Police Dept. 

However, six months went by and Monica Beltran of Mercedes said she saw no progress. Beltran paid her down payment of $6,000 in April 2019.

“It was my dream to already have my house and [now] I don’t,” said Beltran. “For us, it’s hard to come up with the money to build our dream house and then it’s sad because my kids keep asking me ‘when are we gonna get our house?’”

Carla Hernandez of Mission said she started the process in May 2019 but adds that nothing has been built as the delays went from 45 days to two months and then she heard the company was giving priority to the people who were paying more.

“They told us that if we paid $10,000 more it would move us to the top of the list and would finish the house the same month,” said Hernandez. 

Beltran and Hernandez filed a police report to Mission Police in hopes of getting their money back. 

“I do want to reach out to the community, let them know that if they feel that they are being victimized in reference to down payments and nothing’s been constructed, to reach out to their local agencies and follow up with it, do a report,” said Flores. 

CBS 4 spoke with the owner of Vita Moderna Homes before he was arrested, but he said he wanted a week to gather information regarding the clients’ concerns before going on the record.

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