Charles Ramsey Says Cleveland Kidnapping Notoriety Left Him 'Broke'

07/16/2013 at 02:30 PM EDT

Charles Ramsey, Cleveland Kidnapping Hero, Says He's Broke
Charles Ramsey
Daily Mail
Charles Ramsey says that helping to rescue three women who were allegedly held captive for a decade has backfired financially.

"I had a job, I was paying rent and I had no bills. I was trying to accumulate some [savings]," he told the Daily Mail. "Now I can't get a job," he says, adding he can't hold down work due to the attention he receives.

"I'm going to try to get a job. Just give me a job. I'll take a picture with you, fine," he says, adding that he'd like to work in food services, perhaps as a cook. "Just pay me, that's all. I'm borrowing money from my relatives."

Ramsey, who became a notable name overnight this past May for his role in the Cleveland drama, also believes he was cheated out of extra funds he should have earned for helping to rescue Amanda Berry and helping police find fellow alleged victims of Ariel Castro, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

"The reward money is probably millions and I bought a car. Millions. A car. Think about it," he says. "They've been gone 10 years, so how could the reward money just be 14 grand? I haven't gotten it … I'm broke, bro. That's the truth. [The $15,000 I originally received] was a private donation."

But despite his current situation, Ramsey says that the notoriety is worth it.

"Of course I wouldn't give [fame] up," he says. "We've only got one shot at life."

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