Oxnard Plumber Working Without a License Targets Senior Residents
Santa Barbara - August 8th, 2013
Oxnard man is charged with elder abuse and working without a valid contractor’s
license. 46-year-old Albert Solano was arrested on July 26th by Oxnard Police following an investigation by the Contractors State License
Board, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office and the Santa Barbara
County Sheriff’s Office. The investigations revealed that Solano, who worked as
a plumber, was using the names of businesses that did not have a valid
contractor’s license and fraudulently used the name of a business, AR
Construction, which was not his. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is
investigating multiple cases involving Solano, three of them involving senior
residents. Sheriff’s Detectives are concerned there may be more victims out
Sheriff’s Detectives began
investigating Solano in March regarding a case involving a 68-year-old Santa
Barbara resident. Then in June, they received another case involving a couple
in their seventies. A warrant was issued and Solano was subsequently arrested.
In both cases, Solano has a pattern of not giving an estimate, overcharging for
the job and threatening to place a lien on the property if the customer does not
pay. He is also known to leave the project unfinished.
Solano is affiliated with several
companies including Dr. Drain, Dr. Drain Sewer Repair, Dr. Drain Plumbing and
Sewer Cleaning, American One Plumbing, Day and Night Rooter Man, Rooter Dr. Inc.
and AR Construction. If you have any information regarding Albert Solano and the
companies he represented, or believe you have been victimized by Solano, you are
asked to contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations
Bureau at (805) 681-4150.
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