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Alleged Scam Victims React To Daniel Alvin's Arrest

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As a man who police say scammed women in the Savannah area out of their hard-earned money awaits extradition from New York where he was caught - some of those alleged victims are speaking out. Police say they have found sixteen victims of Daniel Alvin, and believe there could be many more. On Wednesday, News 3 sat down with one of those victims -- one who worked with him for a time -- to get her thoughts on Alvin's arrest earlier this week in a New York homeless shelter.

At first Cheryl LaBon - a local activist - believed Daniel Alvin's story of helping low-income women with their power bills, "The skill that he has - the knack, the talent that he has, if he used it in a positive way, if he turned that around what he was trying to do - he would be a millionaire." She went to work for his charity called "Making a Real Change" but soon realized something was wrong. Vouchers he was giving out to women who paid him fees or partial payments were fake. She says she even got scammed on one herself...and then her paycheck from the organization bounced. After gathering more information - she approached News 3 with other victims to put the word out about what she believed was happening, "Something needs to be done - this guy needs to be stopped or at least let people be aware of what he's doing - so they won't continue to go to him for help - because I mean each day there were more and more women coming."

She says she wasn't surprised when he was tracked down to a homeless shelter in New York, "That's how he started out here in Savannah - in a homeless shelter and just kinda moved his way along." Daniel Alvin is expected to be extradited back to Chatham County within the next few days. Labon hopes he gets enough time behind bars to make him change his ways, "During that time that he's incarcerated - he'll have time to really sit and think about what he's done."

Labon says she and the other alleged victims aren't sure if they'll ever see any of their money again - but she says she and some others do plan to be in court when he makes his first appearance back in Savannah.

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