Posted: Mar 14, 2012 6:08 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2012 8:06 AM
La Feria's Park Girl could be opening a new business.
A filing for a new business in Idaho is signed at the bottom by a Jo Leigh Ares, who's known in the Rio Grande Valley as the Park Girl. This paperwork does not list a birth date, so we are unable to confirm if this is the same Ares accused of fraud in Texas.
This paperwork was filed Feb. 22 in Meridian, Idaho. She listed ABC Finance as a finance, insurance and real estate business and listed herself as the owner. Anyone in Idaho can pay a $25 fee and file the paperwork.
Right now, Ares has not applied for a license to sell insurance in Idaho. A Jo Leigh Ares is listed in the Idaho Real Estate Commission database as an unlicensed person. That sometimes means a person is starting the process to get their real estate license.
If this is the Ares we know, she is trying to open this business even though she still faces a slew of legal problems in the Valley. Ares filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year. More than 40 Park Girl Mobile Home customers are suing her for more than $600,000. They claim Ares took their money without providing them with mobile homes or clean titles to their mobile homes.
The complaints against Ares started last October. She was arrested in December. She is charged with four counts of felony theft. Ares paid $50,000 bond to get out of jail.
The Better Business Bureau in Weslaco has an active file filled with complaints against the Park Girl business. That file will be sent to Idaho.
"It's important that the Better Business Bureau there is aware that she is in their area so we are sending the Boise Better Bureau an alert letting them know we have information, letting them know that she may be trying to open a business in their area," says Dolores Salinas with Better Business Bureau.
A U.S. Marshal arrested the Park Girl in Boise last year. She has a home there as well. She allegedly fled Texas when the felony arrest warrants were issued.