H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Aug 20, 2013 11:21 AM by KSBY Staff

Man convicted for construction fraud

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office has convicted a man for construction fraud.

Mario Serrano, 54, was arrested in May.

An investigation started when several homeowners filed complaints saying Serrano took money from them and performed sub-standard work on their homes.

The investigation found Serrano spent large sums of money from the jobs at local casinos.

In addition to not having a contractor's license and not providing workers' compensation insurance to his employees, Serrano also failed to report nearly $175,000 in income to the Franchise Tax Board.

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