Det. Rich Somogyi, of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, said authorities received a theft report from the Halifax County Magistrates Office in Halifax that took place Sunday.
Somogyi said the victim, who speaks very little English, went to the Magistrates Office to pay the bond for a family member, who was being held in the Halifax County Detention Center.
“The victim contacted the suspect to assist with interpreting at the Magistrates Office,” Somogyi said. “A bondsman met with the victim and suspect but was unable to bond the subject from jail. The bondsman returned the bond money to the interpreter. The interpreter then told the victim she was charging her $100 for her time. The suspect/interpreter then left the Magistrates Office with all the bond money.”
When the victim attempted to contact the interpreter, she was told not to contact the interpreter or she and her family would be deported, Somogyi said.
Somogyi charged Diane Marie Medina, 40, of Roanoke Rapids, with obtaining property by false pretense as a result of the investigation.
Medina received a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on June 27.
“The Magistrates Office has resources available to assist those who need interpretation,” Somogyi said. “However, if you are going to need interpretation, try to use a family member or friend that you trust with assisting you with this type of business. It is not always necessary to hire a private interpreter.”
Source: Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald