Six arrests made in contracting sting
Six people were arrested in a Thursday sting operation inside the Angora fire burn zone for allegedly not having a contractor’s license, authorities said.
Marco Charles Digiacinto, 47, from Fallon; Theodore Joseph Durrer, 62, from Dayton; Hector Gonzales-Crus, 65, from Reno; Daniel Scott Lilley, 34, from Stateline; Juan Manuel Lopez Gomez, 38; and Donald Walden Rue, 54, from Fernley were charged with not having a contractor’s license in a disaster area, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.
For the sting, authorities used a damaged house tagged for demolition across the street from a station with the Lake Valley Fire Protection District. Contacting people through either fliers in the burn zone or the Craigslist Web site, undercover officers posed as people looking for contractors to help build a new house, said Dick Jones, deputy district attorney.
Out of the seven people who dropped by Thursday, six were arrested for allegedly not having a contractor’s license.
The number of people surprised Jones.
“I didn’t expect it to go that way,” he said.
A sweep conducted Wednesday of contractors working in the area did not result in one arrest. All were working with update contractor’s licenses, workers compensation insurance and a business license, Jones said.
Those who do construction work for more than $500 must have a contractor’s license.
Thursday marked the third sting operation by authorities. Earlier this month, several people were arrested for not having the correct permits to haul hazardous waste, while a sting July 4 nabbed a couple of people for not having a contractor’s license.