Marco Jimenez says he's just one of hundreds of Latinos scammed, and scarred, by Miguel Rodriguez, a former Wappingers Falls police officer and liaison to the Hispanic community.
"Every time you see a police officer you don't trust them to protect you, to serve you," said Jimenez. "People see the police car behind them and they start shaking. They think that they're going to get pulled over and start asking for bribes. It's getting out of hand."
According to the indictment, for two years Rodriguez charged immigrants $300 to enter a state lottery he claimed would give them valid drivers licenses. And he charged up to a thousand dollars for paperwork they were told would keep them from being deported.