• Unlicensed contractor faces sentencing

    Danny Jess Langley, 54, of Pacific Grove, pled to all charges in two cases. The charges included 11 felonies of premium insurance fraud, insurance fraud, five counts of using a false contractors license, filing a false document, grand theft, forgery and failing to register as an employing unit and 10 misdemeanors that included two counts of failure to secure workers’ compensation insurance, five counts of contracting without a license, two counts of advertising as a contractor and one count of failure to observe a stop order. The defendant also admitted a special allegation that he suffered a prior violent felony conviction, also known as a “strike,” and a special allegation that he committed felonies while out on bail. The defendant had previously been found to be in violation of two misdemeanor probation cases. The defendant will be sentenced on Dec. 12, 2013.

    Langley was first cited in 2011 for contracting without a license and placed on probation. The defendant was again found to be contracting without a license, not having workers’ compensation insurance for his employees and using a false contractor’s license in May, 2012. Contractors State Licensing Board [CSLB] Investigator David Leary continued to receive information that Langley was committing the same and similar crimes by telling homeowners he was fully licensed and insured. The defendant was cited again in July, 2013 and issued a stop order to cease all work until he obtained workers’ compensation insurance. Investigators uncovered the additional fraudulent crimes committed by Langley. These included making false statements to the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) to obtain a lower premium, filing a false document with CSLB, using a false contractor’s license, grand theft and forgery. The defendant had stolen personal checks and credit card information from one homeowner while he was doing work at her house. The defendant was arrested on August 27, 2013 and has been in custody since his arrest.

    Langley will seek to have the violent felony conviction “strike” allegation stricken by the Court. The District Attorney’s Office intends to vigorously oppose that motion. If the strike allegation is not stricken and all charges and special allegations were to run consecutive the defendant’s maximum exposure is 37 years and 2 months.

    Homeowners can check to see if a contractor is licensed by going to the CSLB website at https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx. Employers are required to secure workers’ compensation insurance for their employees so that there is an assurance of adequate medical coverage and other benefits for employees for any work-related injuries that may occur. The Workers’ Compensation Unit of the District Attorney’s Office investigates and prosecutes cases involving applicant fraud, employer fraud, premium fraud, provider fraud and employers who do not carry workers’ compensation insurance.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 7, 2013

    Topics: Police Log


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