Mr. Rogers` Barrio
February 24, 2008, 10:38 PM
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Sergio Pinto, pictured serving the late Fred Rogers in Brockett`s Bakery on Mr . Rogers` Neighborhood, apparently moved to a new neighborhood, and is now in trouble with the Florida law:
TAMPA - Plagued with debt, flush with charisma, Sergio Pinto arrived in Tampa in 2001.Sergio Pinto on Mr. Rogers

Back in Pittsburgh, he was many things: a restaurateur, an actor on "Mister Rogers` Neighborhood," owner of a translation business. He came to Tampa, a town with a climate more like the one in his native Guatemala — and a far greater need for his talent of interpreting Spanish to English and vice-versa.

The change of scenery didn`t change his money woes.

By March 2002, five months after signing a $627-a-month lease, Pinto was evicted from his Seminole Heights apartment for failure to pay.

That year, Pinto apparently found a new enterprise to supplement translating work from clients such as the U.S. public defender.

His new clientele: illegal immigrants.

His sales pitch, according to many who said they responded to it: For $6,000, I can get you a work permit and legalize your status.

Problem is, they said, he never did.

[Immigrants: Promises For Work Permits Were Broken, By Karen Branch-Brioso, The Tampa Tribune, February 24, 2008]