Harlingen police warn about 'contracting scam'

Leonardo Acosta Prieto

A Harlingen contractor is out on bond after he alleged scammed at least two clients out of thousands of dollars.

Harlingen police arrested 40-year-old Leonardo Acosta Prieto on theft charges Tuesday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that he milked his victims for at least $3,000 dollars back in February and March.

Prieto allegedly took $600 dollars to build a drive at a home off Emerald Lake Drive and never returned.

Investigators said Prieto also took $2,400 dollars to lay a concrete slab at Double E Autos off East Harrison Avenue.

Prieto allegedly never started the work and did not refund the money.

Harlingen police officers arrested Prieto while was working at the Bass Pro Shops construction site on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old contractor appeared before a Harlingen municipal judge on Wednesday where he was issued $25,000 dollars in bonds.

Prieto is out on bond but investigators told Action 4 News that he has been previously arrested by Brownsville police for similar crimes.

Harlingen police said they have forwarded eight other cases involving Prieto to the Cameron County District Attorney TMs Office for consideration.

Anyone who believes they are victims of Prieto is asked to contact the Harlingen Police Department at (956) 216-5400.