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Three accused of job scam

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three people are behind bars after police said they used a phony business to scam job seekers out of money.

Police have charged Jesus Lizarraga of Stone Mountain and Francisco Vaquera and Doris Olvera of Snellville with two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception.

"Basically, they were advertising over the Hispanic news stations saying they're taking applications for a huge bar opening up in Gwinnett County," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said. "They were charging people a fee to fill out an application and telling them they needed money for things like uniforms and to get their liquor license. The whole thing was a scam."

According to arrest warrants, the trio would interview applicants for various employment positions at Escapade 2010, a nightclub police said the suspects knew didn't exist.

Olvera is also charged with felony theft by conversion after authorities said she posed as an attorney and took cash for services. According to police, Olvera accepted $1,000 from a victim, saying she could help the woman pay for citations received in Gwinnett. The victim reportedly confronted Olvera after finding out through Recorder's Court that the citations had not been paid. Warrants said Olvera agreed to pay the money back, but never did.

Authorities said as many as 30 additional cases against Olvera may be forthcoming.

Lizarraga and Vaquera remained in jail Friday, their bond set at $11,400. Olvera's is being held on $66,600 bond.