A renegade contractor-landscaper who allegedly bilked victims from Lamorinda to San Jose out of tens of thousands of dollars has been returned to California after his arrest in Medford, Oregon last month.
Authorities in Medford said Adan Contreras-Rivas was engaged in a fraudulent landscaping enterprise when he was arrested in their city last month. Allegations that the highly mobile landscaper was wanted in connection with a string of crimes in California surfaced as police investigated his case.
Contreras-Rivas, who allegedly trolled affluent neighborhoods in search of often-elderly customers looking for someone to do yard work or light construction, took money and promptly ran out on those jobs, according to investigators for the Contractors State License Board.
Bail for Contreras-Rivas was initially set at $250,000, but has been boosted to $346,000 as the contractor was processed into the main jail facility in San Jose.
Alleged victims, many of whom have been in contact with this site as news of Contreras-Rivas’ arrest broke in Oregon, have told NEWS24/680 that the contractor took money for demolition or removal work – depositing debris from one job onto the property of other clients. One said they gave the contractor $30,000 for work that was never done and took them much more money to repair after he’d left the area.
A court date has been scheduled for later this month in San Jose.