Antonia Becerra is one of the many long-time workers and familiar faces at Taix, the French Restaurant in Echo Park where the 81-year-old Glendale resident works as a waitress. Becerra had been planning on finally retiring plans but she has had to postpone those plans after losing her savings and even her car to scam artists who promised her a $2 million grand prize, reports L.A. Now. The scam began in April when Becerra was instructed to wire money to receive a “package” that she had won:
Offshore scam artists even conned her into selling her car for the promise of getting a $2-million prize and a new Mercedes Benz, police say. “I sold the car and I sent them the money — I am still waiting for the package,” Becerra said. The package, police say, will never come. And there’s virtually no hope that her assets will be recovered, or that the perpetrators will be caught.
Becerra must now get rides from co-workers to her job and take the bus home.
“I have to keep on working,” she said. “I gotta do it. There is no way, but I know that the good Lord will help me out.”
Becerra’s plight has prompted the Glendale Police Officers Association to raise money to help get her a new car and pay bills.