People usually give charity to causes that really melt their hearts and also to the ones that were close to them. Most of us have probably seen beggars in the streets waiting for people that are passing by to give something; money or food. However, not all beggars you see in the streets are the people you think they are.
A lady was totally surprised by what she saw. She could not believe it even if she was seeing it with her own eyes. The pregnant panhandler she was usually passing by and giving money to was getting inside an expensive car. The lady knew she had to uncover the lies this panhandler was trying to cover up.
The lady’s name is Melissa Smith. She’s from San Diego, California. It was a normal day for her, doing her usual routine. She saw a beggar in the street, which she felt that something was kind of strange for her. Melissa watched the beggar get up and leave. The next thing Melissa saw made her continue to investigate this panhandler pregnant woman.
East Lake Village Center
The pregnant beggar knew exactly where to stay. She made a spot for herself in East Lake Village Center, knowing that a lot of people would be passing her by there and would gladly give extra money to those who are in need. It’s the perfect place for someone like her. However, she didn’t know that someone was watching her every move.
Seeing quite a number of panhandlers and homeless people in California are not really surprising. However, most of them are not that hopeless. Mellisa always thinks twice about helping such people since she was kind of apprehensive about it, especially with this pregnant beggar. She said, “I felt bad. There’s a pregnant lady with a little boy who is down on her luck.”
This pregnant beggar wasn’t new to Smith’s eyes. She was there every weekend, asking for some cash from strangers. Sometimes, she’s with her son, and sometimes the father of her children will join them. Smith knew that the beggars’ situation really pulls heartstrings to the hearts of the people passing by.
Woman in Question
There was this particular day when Smith really felt suspicious about this pregnant beggar. She was there for two months already, asking money from strangers, under the heat of the sun. Smith initially thought that this pregnant beggar just desperately needed money, especially in her condition. However, Smith can’t help but think differently.
The pregnant woman’s plan definitely worked. Who would not feel bad about her situation? Aside from being pregnant, she even has her son with her every time she’s on her spot. Smith thought that soon enough, their tactics would be discovered. Little did she know that she will be an instrument in letting everybody know the truth.
Smith usually does her errand during the morning. It was unusual for her to go to the shopping centre at that time. Her gas was low, so she decided to stop by at the gas station across the shopping centre to fill up her gas tank. However, what she saw totally surprised her. This made her start her investigation.
In the gas station from across the shopping centre, she saw the pregnant beggar moved. It was nothing unusual since she was there all day long and maybe she got tired. She saw a car heading towards the pregnant beggar and what happened next confirmed her suspicions.
Initially, what Smith saw totally confused her. She looked more closely and saw that the driver of the car was the father of the pregnant woman’s children who occasionally joins them in the shopping centre. She was thinking what these beggars are doing with such an expensive car? The father was driving a Mercedes Benz, by the way.
When Smith followed them, she noticed that the car they were using was totally new. She said, “They were leaving, and I noticed they went into a Mercedes Benz. I thought, ‘Wow, a Mercedes Benz?’ Lo and behold, they were in front of us. Here they are counting money, laughing. Their little boy is not in a car seat or a seat belt. He’s all the way in the front seat with them.” Smith felt betrayed by what she was witnessing. However, there’s more.
Smith continued on following the family until they reached another shopping centre. It was obvious that it was planned out. The pregnant beggar gets off the car together with her son while the father goes and parks the car. They will go to a specific spot in the shopping centre and hold up the sign. Smith said, “She sits there with the sign. He goes and parks the Mercedes. They put up the sign and not less than five minutes; here she is getting money from all these people.”
Enraged with Fury
Smith knew she had to do something, so she went to the spot where the pregnant beggar was. As she did so, she started taking photos of them. This gesture of Smith made the pregnant beggar really furious. “Next thing I know, she picked up this big boulder,” Smith stated, “I don’t know if pregnant people can do that, but it was pretty big over her head and coming at me with this rock.”
After what happened in the shopping centre, Smith tried to get the attention of the new station to uncover the beggars. She also revealed everything on the internet, hoping it will reach a lot of people so that they can be informed. The news station got interested in the issue and ran the car’s plate number. To their surprise, the car was under a woman’s name, and the address was kept undisclosed.
The reporters tried their best to track down the beggars. They got a piece of information regarding their address, so they immediately went. The beggars lived in Encinitas Heights Apartments, the cost of the monthly rental in such a place was $2,500 a month. They were told by the people there that the one they were after left already.
It was very helpful that Smith was able to record everything on her mobile phone. The story soon went viral, and a lot of people became interested. They were finally paying attention to Smith’s call. Smith stated, “I feel bad. Don’t give these people money. They don’t need it. They’re driving a Benz.”
Luckily, there was another witness. Her name is Rebecca. She saw the pregnant beggar with her son again at another shopping centre. She immediately called the journalist’s attention so they could witness everything and report about it. In just a short time, Emily Valdez arrived.
Emily wasn’t really expecting a call at all. When she did, it was from a woman who claimed that she saw the beggar. She immediately went to the scene. However, to her surprise, she did not see a pregnant woman. Instead, she saw the woman holding a baby. What possibly happened to the woman?
“Is This You?”
Valdez went straight to the beggar to confirm her identity. Once she reached her, she asked the beggar, “Is this you?”, while showing a picture that Smith took. After looking at the picture, the beggar immediately told Emily and her crew that she does not speak English. While they were asking her, the father arrived in the scene.
When the father finally arrived on the spot where Emily, her crew, and the beggar were, he instantly told them to go away and leave his family alone. They left and went inside the minivan. Even though they did not really confirm if they were the ones in Smith’s posts, they did not stop there. Emily and her crew ran a facial recognition test to both women and received a result of 80% match.
The father initially spoke in Spanish. When he talked to the female beggar, he switched language. Little did he know that this will lead them to be uncovered. Valdez repeated the recording multiple times and hired experts to confirm her suspicions. Valdez badly wanted to discover the truth behind all those things.
A retired detective, namely Leslie Albright, was able to watch the news report of Emily Valdez. The story got her attention, and she was quite interested. Later on, she realized that the woman in the news report could probably be more than just a beggar; something more serious and could possibly be committing a crime.
Under the Exterior
The pregnant woman was about to be exposed. A lot of people hated her after knowing the things she did. However, this case led to something more serious. A Redditor has spoken up regarding the issue and exposed everything he knew about the case despite the consequences he might face after doing so.
It wasn’t Leslie’s first time to handle criminal activities as this was mainly her task in her previous job. She listened to the recording that Emily and her crew provided and recognized the language that was used. However, she remembered some modus operands were quite the same in this case.
The retired detective confirmed that the two adults involved in this case were actually connected to a crime in California. She said that people like them go to the country, illegally do various operations. This is probably one of those. She also mentioned that this type pulls scam to the innocent people and milk money from them.
Even though they have finally confirmed that those two adults were actually deceiving people, they can’t track them down since they were always on the move. If they felt that the cover-up was being blown, they immediately leave. However, one person who knew them exposed everything he knew about them.
There was a man who was able to watch the video that Smith had taken as well as in the news. He stated, “…I had a friend of a friend tell me that they knew them and that they’re just a hustling pair of Con Artists whose families conned their way into the country.” He also added that he knew about the past of those two.
The Bottom Rung
With the help of everyone, Smith, Emily and Leslie, they were able to discover the truth finally. They said that the women often pretend to be pregnant so she could pull strings from people’s hearts. The sad part about it that she’s probably not the only woman out there that was doing the same thing.
The retired detective stated in an interview, “They’ll use the babies, children, anyway they can… the children will not go to school because of their job and their future in the family business.” The Redditor wrote, “People should know, there’s plenty of service and organizations that exist to help people and especially for women with children. They’re taking advantage of them all as well as scamming people at the parking lot entrances. Neither of them is reporting the money they’re making from her begging, and both are claiming poverty to get state and federal assistance.”
The anonymous Redditor also added, “They might be up and trying this scam again, or it might be another woman, either way, call the cops on them, making sure to tell the dispatch that they’re “the BMW scammers” so they’re identified, and the state can start the proper deportation proceedings against them… don’t help any of them or give money to any of the panhandlers you might see.”
Struggling For Money
The beggar couple knew they had to leave the area immediately when the story went viral and became known to the public as well. Eyes will be on them wherever they go and if they still continue to do such a thing in that area. The media and police will just follow them and try to catch them if they do not leave. So, they left right away. Leslie Albright had many experiences in criminal activities throughout her career, and she knows for sure that there was something wrong going on when she heard the man speak.
It’s Your Lucky Day
Leslie noticed there was something wrong just by hearing the man speak. She listened to what the man said carefully; she recognized that language that the man was using. It was that moment when she realized that this case or this modus operandi had something to do or quite connected to another case she had before.
Working the Streets
Upon discovering that this case of the couple beggar was linked up to the one she handled before, she explained that the two were initially involved with a California crime ring. This is when people from different countries enter another country illegally and commit numerous and various kinds of crimes daily. They also settle in a luxurious apartment or houses and have a lot of vehicles.
Choosing to Struggle
Albright also mentioned that there is a possibility that they were not a real couple and was just using it as a technique, as well as the pregnancy. All of these things might just be included in their whole act to receive sympathy from the passersby, knowing that people would probably feel bad when they saw her pregnant and asking for help. Aside from this, what could be the other crimes that these two people have committed?
Conning the Public
It seems that there are a lot of things that you can uncover when you dissect this case alone. So, be fully prepared to know the whole truth behind this! Apparently, the couple, as well as the crime group that they were in, moves from one place to another very often. They do not stay too long in one place as they are avoiding to be known by the cops. This is the main reason why the police are having a hard time catching them.
When someone has figured out what they were doing or what they were up to, they will leave the place immediately and head on to their next target location. This has been their practice ever since to avoid being locked up in jail. The two suspects did exactly just that since their cover has been blown already, and the public knew about it. Luckily, someone who’s quite familiar with the suspects gave the people information about them.
Concern For The Children
A particular man saw the video of the beggar couple, and he recognized them right away. He stepped forward and exposed everything he knew about them on Reddit. He stated, “…I had a friend of a friend tell me that they knew them and that they’re just a hustling pair of Con Artists whose families conned their way into the country.”
He also added how much he knew about them, especially the woman. This man shared that the woman had a terrible past, and she was hired by the organization since she was just a child. Just after he shared about these details, he immediately deleted his account, fearing that the underground crime organization will figure out his identity.
The police investigated further, and they found out that the woman in the videos and photos taken by the witness just pretended to be pregnant just so he can get pity out of the people that were passing by her and asked money from them. Of course, wouldn’t you give money if you see a pregnant woman asking for a little help?
It was reported that she was making more than $500 a day just by doing that! That’s quite a lot of money, and probably, a lot of people were fooled by her. However, there are quite a number of women that do have the same position as her. The crime organization’s operations and the inner system can get really complicated.
A number of men lead the crime organization. They hire women from different countries and bring them into a specific country carrying their own tasks. These women were promised to be given adequate food supply and housing. With the works that they do, begging, and manipulation of people, they tend to keep their expensive lifestyle. They even get to live in luxurious homes or apartments and have various cars.
More To The Story
During an interview, Albright did explain how this crime works. She said, “They’ll use the babies, children, anyway they can… the children will not go to school because their job and their future is the Family Business.” There’s actually more to the story than what we’ve just talked about! It seems like this crime has been going around for quite some time, and they even use babies and kids just to carry out the jobs.
The man who provided information about the two suspects and the one who claimed that he knew about the girl suspect’s background mentioned that “People should know, there’s plenty of service and organizations that exist to help people and especially for women with children. They’re taking advantage of them all as well as scamming people at the parking lot entrances. Neither of them is reporting the money they’re making from her begging, and both are claiming poverty to get state and federal assistance.”
Threatening Phone Calls
Prior to his decision to delete his account, he was receiving threatening phone calls. This was quite disturbing for him, which resulted in his decision to delete his account on Reddit. However, he stated one last thing before he went on to do so. He posted something.
Call The Cops
He stated in the post: “They might be up and trying this scam again, or it might be another woman, either way, call the cops on them, making sure to tell the dispatch that they’re “the BMW scammers” so they’re identified, and the state can start the proper deportation proceedings against them… don’t help any of them or give money to any of the panhandlers you might see.”
On The Hunt
Currently, the policemen are still trying to locate the mastermind of all this. They wanted to stop these crimes from happening; that’s why they certainly won’t let those two suspects get away. When the story went viral and became known to the public, the people became more careful and wary about handing out money to the people in the streets.
It’s actually not a nice concept that people have to beg for money from strangers. However, this very common everywhere. Almost any place you’ll go, there will always be a beggar asking strangers for money. Other beggars sit in one place for a number of hours in a day just to only receive $15.00. They use the money in a useful way; however, not every one of does the same thing.
This type of doing can be tiring and draining; these people who beg for money out in the streets are not even sure if they will receive anything that day. They’re just hoping for the best. Sometimes they do receive a certain amount while sometimes they don’t and end the day with nothing and an empty stomach. However, there’s a surprising case in 2014 wherein a couple made $350 in just a few hours.
Another case is that there was a beggar in Oaklahoma who made about $650,000 a year. This type of case may not be known to the public, but it does exist. There’s also research conducted in 2001 which confirmed that 70% of the beggars in Toronto would choose a minimum-wage work over begging on the streets.