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Nov 8, 2013 11:32 AM by Janine Reyes

6 Investigates Follow Up: No Charges for Fundraising Fraud

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Byron Green had a stroke and spent 56 days in the hospital. During his recovery, he says his ex-wife held a fundraiser to help cover expenses, but he never got the money.

Now, he's out of the hospital and says police can't help him get his money, or justice.

"My leg's messed up, I can't walk that's why I use a walker," Green told us.

He showed us pictures of his ex wife, Eileen Vela, holding a fundraiser on his behalf. Her facebook page referenced her serving food plates and washing cars for his benefit.

Green says Vela first told him she made $900 dollars, then made excuses not to pay up.

"How much of that money did you get," we asked. "Like I told you all before, not a red penny, said Green, "nothing."

So, when he got home from the hospital, he called police to report the fraud. Their reaction is not what he expected.

"She didn't use your social security number or nothing like that, so, ain't nothing we could do about it," Green said.

We called police who tell us each case is different, but, because it appears eileen did not steal directly from Green, there's no criminal charges they can file.

"I said, so, you saying that any of us out there can go to a hospital a nursing home and just grab somebody name and go have a benefit for them and keep the money," Green told us.

He is frustrated, struggling to raise money for rent and hoping to get back to work soon.

He says he may have to pursue justice in small claims court.

"To be honest I would do anything because I don't want to lose my place," Green said, "I got a nice place, I'm living good, and then a stroke happened."

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