Contest Winner Not Documented; Doesn't Get Prize
January 25, 2007 at 11:51 AM (PT)
THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES is reporting that MARIBEL NAVA ALVAREZ, a CHICAGO-area resident, said officials with WLEY (LA LEY 107.9 FM) and its parent company, SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM, withheld the gray sports car she won in a LA LEY contest when they discovered she was an undocumented resident.
ALVAREZ claims she was threatened after winning a contest for a 1999 Corvette. What's worse, she said, is that an SBS attorney allegedly threatened to alert authorities of her immigration status once he learned she intended to take her battle to court.
"I was very sad. I cried. ... My feelings were hurt because I was mocked," ALVAREZ said in her native Spanish on WEDNESDAY. "It's unjust."
Despite LA LEY's claims, ALVAREZ said she was never informed verbally or in print that she had to be U.S. citizen or legal resident to be eligible to win Mexican-American singer JUAN RIVERA's old car during the JULY 4, 2005 contest.
LA LEY is required by law to get a valid Social Security number or tax identification number from all winners of prizes worth more than $500, according to a written statement from the station. An official said she did not want to comment because the matter is in litigation.