A 47-year-old Greenwood man has been taken into police custody for allegedly extorting money from almost two dozen people over a seven-year span.
The Delaware State Police said an investigation began in 2010 when authorities received information about numerous people from the Hispanic community becoming victims of tax fraud. According to police, these victims paid Jose G. Oyola hundreds and thousands of dollars to have him complete their taxes prior to them entering the English as a Second Language program offered at Sussex Technical High School. In some instances, police said, Oyola even offered to help obtain work visas, driver's licenses, and housing through Habitat for Humanity. In all cases, police said, no transactions were ever fulfilled and the money was never returned to the victims. In one incident, police said, Oyola threatened the victim with deportation if they did not stop going to the ESL program.
Oyola was taken into police custody on April 18 on five counts of theft by false pretense and one count of extortion. He was released on $22,500 unsecured bond.
Anyone with further information regarding Oyola is asked to contact Master Cpl. George Camacho at (302) 856-5850, ext. 324, or by utilizing the DSP Mobile Crime Tip Application at www.delaware.gov/apps. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous text message to 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword "DSP."