Zebulon man charged with swindling $10K from club owners

From staff reportsFebruary 12, 2013 

— Police have charged a Zebulon man with collecting $10,000 from two nightclub owners after he promised them that Daddy Yankee, a Grammy award-winning performing artist, would appear at their venue in Benson.

Daddy Yankee didn’t show up. Raleigh police charged Elio Hernandez, 23, of Riley Hill Road with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, according to arrest warrants.

Police accused Hernandez of obtaining $5,000 apiece from Ronnie Gene Woodall of Benson and Jorge Rodolfo Vasquez Sagastume of Franklinton. Investigators say the men thought they were making a down payment to secure the appearance of Daddy Yankee, a Puerto Rican reggaeton and hip hop songwriter and recording artist.

Investigators think Hernandez used an altered contract to convince the men that he would perform at Ambis 1 in Benson. They say Daddy Yankee, whose real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, wasn’t even in the United States on the scheduled dates, according to the arrest warrants.

In November, Hernandez was sentenced to 18 months probation by a Wake County judge after he was convicted of felony obtaining property by false pretenses, identity theft and counterfeiting, state records show.

He was in custody Tuesday at the Wake County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, court records show.

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