Mexican National in Custody for Selling Cars, Not Handing Titles

2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, January 30 2018 Jan 30, 2018 January 30, 2018 6:28 PM January 30, 2018 in News

EDINBURG – A Mexican national is in custody for allegedly selling cars online and withholding the titles. Carlos Eber Orozco was arrested Friday and charged with Class A misdemeanor theft.

Alicia Garcia says she purchased a vehicle she found online from Orozco in November 2017. She tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS it's the second time she purchased a car she found on social media.

"My previous car, I looked into Facebook and I went and purchased it," Garcia said. "I didn't have any trouble with it."

She says nothing about her initial interactions with Orozco led her to believe this time would be any different.

"I thought he was an honest man," said Garcia. "I thought he was a businessman and honest."

Her opinions changed after she paid Orozco $3,800 for a 2007 Nissan. She says she tried to get the title to the car for weeks. She only got the runaround.

"There's just no answer," said Garcia. "I just got so depressed and stressed out that I just wound up going into the hospital."

After nearly two months of no answers, Garcia took her concerns to law enforcement.

Hidalgo County Tax Office motor vehicle fraud investigator Cesar Solis started building a case. He says about five to seven people came forward with the same complaints about Orozco.

"He took the money from the buyer and then he failed to give her the title or documentation so that she can obtain ownership for this vehicle," said Solis.

Orozco remains in custody.

"Before you pay for the vehicle, the whole money for the price of the vehicle before you pay they need to show you the title. The face of the title needs to the person that is selling the vehicle to you," explained Solis.

Garcia warns other be cautious before deciding to purchase a vehicle online.

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