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March 19, 2018

Unlicensed contractor who targeted senior citizens arrested and charged with multiple counts


Booking Photo: Arturo Lozano

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Redlands man who allegedly targeted senior citizens to hire him to conduct home improvements and then failed to complete the work was arrested Thursday by San Bernardino County District Attorney investigators.

Arturo Carrillo Lozano, 56, was arrested for several violations and charged with 8 felony accounts of Burglary, 2 felony counts of Theft from Elder or Dependent Adult, 1 misdemeanor count of Contracting without a License After Two Prior Convictions, 2 misdemeanor counts of Charging a Down Payment Exceeding $1,000 or 10% of a Home Improvement Contract and 1 felony count of Diverting Construction Funds exceeding $2,350.

According to District Attorney Senior Investigator Steve Rivera, who is assigned to the case, the investigation revealed that Lozano would specifically target senior citizens who he had convinced to hire him to conduct home improvements.

Several of the victims resided in a mobile home park in the City of Highland. The defendant ultimately received a large sum of money from one of the victims at the mobile home park, for the work he was hired to complete. Lozano did not complete the work. 

“It is alleged that in some cases, he did not even start the work he was paid to do, nor was any of the money returned,” said Rivera.

Investigators with the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office believe that there may be additional victims who have yet to come forward and report losses they suffered as a result of Lozano's actions.

If you believe you were victimized by Arturo Carrillo Lozano, and this has occurred since approximately Sept. 2016, please contact Senior Investigator Steve Rivera at 909-382-7751.

Lozano was arraigned Friday via video and has a Pre-Preliminary Hearing scheduled March 21 at the San Bernardino Justice Center. Bail was set at $500,000. This case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Andrew Turk.

 

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at clee@sbcda.org or via text at (909) 782-5559

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