Solano gets 10 years in Prison
VENTURA, CA — District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced on February 24 that Albert Solano (DOB 12/01/1966) of Camarillo was sentenced to serve 10 years in state prison. On January 24, 2017, Solano pleaded guilty to 2 counts of first degree residential burglary, 8 felony counts of elder theft, 1 felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses, 1 felony count of attempted grand theft by false pretenses, 15 counts of filing a fraudulent instrument, and 3 counts of insurance fraud. This case was the result of an investigation by the Contractors State License Board, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.
Since 2010, Solano operated a fraudulent plumbing enterprise that largely targeted the senior community. Solano advertised a $49.95 drain clearing special as a “bait and switch tactic” to get into victims’ homes. Once inside, Solano fabricated additional plumbing problems. He used scare tactics to induce victims into signing contracts for thousands of dollars. Thereafter, Solano would arbitrarily increase the cost of the work, often altering contracts after they had been signed. When victims disputed the charges the defendant would send them to collections and file fraudulent mechanic’s liens on their homes. The total amount of fraudulent liens exceeded $309,000.
In addition to the prison sentence, Superior Court Judge Michael Lief ordered Solano to pay full restitution to the 31 victims.