|For Immediate Release
Case # 12HF1207
September 19, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
IRVINE CONTRACTOR SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN STATE PRISON FOR SCAMMING $126,000 FROM ELDERLY VICTIMS
NEWPORT BEACH – An Irvine contractor was sentenced to six years in state prison for scamming $126,000 from elderly victims. Dragan Nmn Fustar, 37, Irvine, pleaded guilty to a court offer Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, to 10 felony counts of theft of an elderly person, six felony counts of diversion of construction funds, five felony counts of non-sufficient fund check, four felony counts of grand theft, and one misdemeanor count of petty theft with a sentencing enhancement allegation for defrauding over $100,000.
Fustar was an Irvine contractor at the time of the crime and offered repair or remodeling services to elderly clients. Between May 2010 and December 2011, Fustar collected the deposit money from his clients and either did partial work or failed to show up at all. Fustar stole a total of $126,000 from his victims.
Several of Fustar’s clients reported the theft to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, who investigated this case.
Deputy District Attorney Sean O’Brien of the White Collar Crime Team prosecuted this case.