Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Man with history of scamming in jail after Greeley woman files claim for mechanic scam – Greeley Tribune

A 72-year-old Greeley woman is seeking restitution from her 47-year-old neighbor who says she conned her out of a large sum of money after promising to fix her vehicle.

The neighbor, the woman later learned, has an extensive criminal history of scamming people in other states.

Mary Walsh filed a small courts claim against Victor Urbina last month after and he failed to fully fix her vehicle in a timely manner for a sum of $2,500, according to court records.

In November, Walsh gave Urbina $1,700 to fix her heater, replace the battery, change the oil, install an oil and air filter, flush the radiator and add antifreeze coolant. In addition, Urbina allegedly reported to Walsh that she needed to have her head gasket replaced, new bolts put in and have the heads resurfaced.

The following day, Walsh gave Urbina an additional $800 after he texted her begging for more money because his mother fell ill and was hospitalized in El Paso.

After consistently providing her with excuses for the delay, Urbina returned the car five months later with many of the repairs incomplete — the heater, oil, battery and the radiator had no changes — Walsh indicated in her claim. The vehicle’s dashboard was dismantled, and parts were missing. A car cover had also gone missing.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office delivered Walsh’s claim to Urbina and took him into custody at the Weld County Jail on May 26, according to an affidavit of service. He has since been transferred to another jail after being picked up on an out-of-county warrant, the sheriff’s office said.

Urbina’s criminal history dates back more than 10 years in Texas and New Mexico. In 2009, Urbina scammed at least five families in the Las Cruces area out of hundreds of dollars by promising to fix their vehicles and then taking off with their money, according to an Alberquque Journal article from 2014.

Walsh said Urbina would often tell sob stories about sick family members and past financial setbacks while working on her vehicle — a common occurrence of many other victims experienced and reported in the 2014 news story.

By February 2010, Urbina was indicated on charges of larceny, receiving and disposing of stolen property and four counts of fraud, the article said. While out on bond, he relocated to Albuquerque with his family, which violated his conditions of release.

Urbina was later arrested and returned to Las Cruces where he accepted a plea agreement and a probationary sentence. He violated his probation and was re-sentenced in 2012 to additional probation, 118 hours of community service and restitution of $2,280, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Urbina’s name surfaced again in 2014 as 10 families in southern New Mexico said they were conned out of thousands of dollars after taking their vehicles into his auto shop. Around the same time, Urbina and his family left the Las Cruces area and ended up in Greeley. Since his arrival, he has remained in the court system for charges of theft and traffic offenses.

Online court records indicate he pleaded guilty to theft between $300 and $750 in May 2017.

Urbina’s lengthy criminal history outside of his time in Colorado includes two arrests for battery against a household member in 2009, receiving stolen property in 2010 and five cases of failure to appear or pay fines throughout the years, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

In the past, there have been many attempts at civil litigation against Urbina. One case filed Dec. 9 in Anthony Magistrate Court by a landlady seeking restitution resulted in a summons for Urbina returned unerved, the article said.

Walsh is taking the next steps against Urbina to receive restitution of $2,580. The trial is set for 1:15 pm July 7 in Division C.

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