FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 27, 2014
Moreno Valley Man Charged After Failing to Obtain Proper Contractor’s License and Provide Workers’ Comp Insurance
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – On January 24, 2014, investigators from multiple agencies conducted a compliance sweep of several construction sites in and about the City of Redlands.
During the sweep, Jesus Carranza-Perez, 40, of Moreno Valley, identified himself as the owner of Carranza’s Seamless Raingutters with one employee. Carranza-Perez and his employee were in the process of cleaning out the raingutters and performing masonry work and landscape cleanup.
Investigators conducted a compliance check and discovered Carranza-Perez did not possess workers’ compensation insurance for his employee or a valid contractor’s license as required by the State of California, Contractors State Licensing Board.
Carranza-Perez was issued a stop work order and given four months to procure his contractor's license and workers' compensation insurance. Carranza-Perez failed to comply.
The District Attorney's Office filed criminal charges against Carranza-Perez May 8, 2014, and an arrest warrant was issued.
Carranza-Perez was arrested May 20, 2014, in Moreno Valley without incident and booked at West Valley Detention Center. If convicted, Carranza-Perez faces 1 year in County Jail. Arraignment is scheduled July 22 in San Bernardino Superior Court.
According to Deputy District Attorney Scott Byrd, who is assigned to the case, these types of enforcement sweeps are designed to educate employers and workers of the importance of having workers' compensation insurance, as well as identify unlicensed contractors and uninsured employers.
The compliance check was performed by investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, Workers' Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit, the California Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB), the Employment Development Department (EDD), and the Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards (DIRDLS).
Please Post the Following Announcement:
The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit, responds to various reports of Insurance Fraud as a result of suspected fraud claims provided by an insurance company.
If you suspect that someone you know is or has been involved in Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud, report your suspicions to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit, by calling the WCF We-Tip line at 909-891-3344 or via email at DAWorkersComp@sbcda.org. You can also visit us on the web at www.sbcountyda.org.
For more information about the District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit visit http://ow.ly/vqVJ1.