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Oct 18, 2013 12:23 PM by Janine Reyes

6 Investigates: Fundraiser or Fraud?

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A Corpus Christi man says what first seemed like a nice gesture is actually a big scam.

After he suffered a stroke, his ex-wife offered to raise money to help him, but he tells us he hasn't seen a dime.

Byron Green had a stack of yellow cards in his hospital room. He says they say it all, "Benefit for Byron Green," is printed on the top in bold. It appears his ex-wife Eileen Vela held that benefit back on October 6th, but 12 days later instead of getting any of that money she's only given him excuses.

"My left leg got weak and my left side started tripping me out," Green said, recalling when it all began.

Green does not remember much about his stroke in early September. In fact, he spent days in a coma.

"I woke up 4 days later with all these people around my bed, and she was one of them," Green said. The 'she' he referred to is his ex-wife, Eileen Vela.

He says she offered to help make ends meet while he recovered. She made the flyers for a benefit featuring food and a car wash.

On her Facebook page, we found Vela tagged in a post about the benefit.

She also posted a picture of "friends supporting BG."

We found pictures of her actually working the car wash. It seems several friends came out to show support.

"I'm not a movie star, but I'm popular, everybody knows BG," Green told us. It seems with everybody's money, the benefit was a success.

"After the benefit she came back and told me she made $900 something and what's my landlord's number," Green said.

But, his landlord never got the money, that's still past due.

Neither did he. What started out as $900 dollars turned to $400, then $100. Now, its none.

"I text her and she told me, don't text me no more, I'm going to get you for harassment," Green said.

We tried to give her a call, but she refused to talk to us on camera, referring us to her attorney, Mr. Bonilla.

No one at the Bonilla & Chapa Law Firm recognized Vela's name.

So for now, it looks like Byron will have to give her his message on 6 News. "What would you like to tell her if you had the opportunity to say something to her," we asked. "I can't say it on camera," said Green.

The last message she sent him, tells him to get on with his life.

He just hopes she doesn't do it with money meant for him.

"Don't give her a red penny," Green said.

Green will be in the hospital for at least another week. He tells us he does plan to contact police about this.


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