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N4T Investigators: Where’s the Beef?

TUCSON – Some people are concerned they are not going to get the beef they paid for after doing business with a man who said he is a rancher.

Virgil Adams has a receipt from Joshua Pena Abeyta for $750. He said Abeyta took him to a ranch near Three Points and sold him a cow that would be butchered. He does not believe Abeyta is going to deliver on the deal.

“You feel naïve,” Adams said. “You feel gullible. You feel cheated.”

Dee Silva said she gave Abeyta $1,200 for his cattle.

“There were a lot of voids where things just didn’t match up,” Silva said.

Helena Meyer said her fiancé, who is a contractor, lost thousands of dollars in work because he took jobs for Abeyta and never got paid.

“It feels awful,” Meyer said. “It feels like you were targeted, you were used.”

Abeyta was found guilty of criminal impersonation in 2014. He was pretending to be a doctor.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is investigating Abeyta.

Abeyta did not respond to requests for comment on this report.

Sam Salzwedel

Sam Salzwedel

Sam Salzwedel is an investigative reporter at News 4 Tucson.
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