Food truck fiasco: How one man preyed on Miami dreamers

Hopeful food truck owners never got the trucks they ordered from Miguel Pacheco (Max Reed)

Shelette Buchanan chased a fantasy.

She moved from Wisconsin to Port St. Lucie to share her Chicago-style hot dogs — piled high with tomato wedges, peppers and pickle spears and generously slathered with mustard — as a new food truck owner.

She has yet to dispense the first dog from that still-undelivered truck.

She, like many others fell under the con of Miguel Pacheco, who promised to build out food trucks though his company Don’t Stop Believing fabricators.

Miguel Pacheco

Pacheco was declared by a Miami-Dade court to be a “habitual felony offender.” His record shows 15 arrests, most on multiple counts, for larceny, grand theft, forgery, fraud and conducting business without a license. He served prison time in 2005 for writing worthless checks and he and his son/business associate have a trail of bankruptcies, lawsuits, a foreclosure and various liens and court judgments.

Add to that undelivered trucks.

READ THE FULL STORY at The Miami Herald: Hell on wheels