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Job Fairs Were Fake, Cops Say

August 16, 2013

Adriana M. Chavez


El Paso police have arrested a Mineral Wells, Texas, man who allegedly
hosted fake job fairs at area hotels in order to steal personal information from
applicants.

Police said Jose Luz Salcido Jr., 53, using the alias David Hernandez and doing
business as Jaimarie Investments LLC., advertised on Craigslist that he was
seeking representatives to sell small business credit services.

Applicants were directed to a rent-by-day office for a short interview, which
led to the applicant being "hired."

The applicant was then asked to provide personal information such as their name,
date of birth, Social Security number and bank account information.

Police allege Salcido also organized job fairs over the past week at the Hilton
Garden Inn hotel at 6650 Gateway East, and the Holiday Inn Express at 11825
Gateway West.

"Investigators are also following up on the possibility that Salcido may be
involved in additional scams to fraudulently obtain cash funds from victims who
believed his alias, David Hernandez was a legitimate business person," police
spokesman Darrel Petry said in a news release.

Investigators say that anyone who may have attended these job fairs, or has
information relating to Salcido and Jaimarie Investments, is asked to call
564-7130.

Salcido has been arrested on suspicion of theft over $1,500/under $20,000 and
booked into the El Paso County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

Additional charges might be pending.

Adriana M. Chavez may be reached at 546-6117.

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