FRAUDULENT HOME REPAIRMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FIVE YEARS
Posted on 1/8/2016
Defendant: Adolfo Castaneda
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien has announced local home repairman Adolfo Castaneda, age 40, was sentenced today by Judge William Woods to 5 years and 3 months and ordered to pay restitution of nearly $50,000.00 for charges filed in August, 2015. Casteneda was charged with taking money from elderly or disabled persons but failing to do the home repair work. Castaneda owns two companies called AC’s Home Restoration Services and A&J’s Home Restoration which operate as home repair work companies. Between August 15, 2012 and June 25, 2015 Castaneda entered into agreements with 14 individuals (11 of the 14 victims were elderly and 1 victim with a disability) in Westerville, Worthington, and Columbus promising to complete gutter work, light roofing, tree trimming and other home repair work. In each case, the victims paid Castaneda but he never performed or completed the work. Originally the victims made complaints to both the Better Business Bureau and Attorney General’s office as a Consumer Fraud but after identifying the number of victims it was referred to local law enforcement.