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Renegade Landscaper Pleads Guilty In Santa Clara County – Faces Charges In Contra Costa

Adan Contreras-Rivas, aka: Orlando Parras, Adam Contreras Rivas, Adam Rivas Contreras, Juan Rangel

A renegade landscaper who allegedly cut a wide swath through Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties – targeting the elderly for upfront payments on jobs he then abandoned – has pled guilty to all charges pending against him in Santa Clara County and faces additional charges for alleged crimes in Contra Costa.

Adan Contreras Rivas, who has lived in Concord but who was most recently arrested in Oregon, faces five years and eight months in prison for crimes committed in Santa Clara County and is expected to be transferred to Contra Costa for trial on fresh charges next month.

Investigators were also looking for members of Rivas’ family who allegedly participated in some of the scams.

Investigators said Adan Rivas victimized more than two dozen Bay Area families by soliciting landscaping and tree removal services. According to investigators, Rivas usually focused his attention on more affluent neighborhoods, often targeting the elderly. It’s alleged that after reaching an agreement with a homeowner, Rivas would take an excessive down payment and then abandon the job.

When Rivas was added to the Contractors State License Board’s Most Wanted list in July 2015, most of the alleged crimes had occurred in the cities of Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, Lafayette, Orinda, and Walnut Creek.

In October 2016 investigators believed Rivas was using the name Orlando Parras of Parras Landscaping and Pavers and victimized homeowners in both Alameda and Santa Clara Counties before moving north to Medford, Oregon, where he was arrested before eventually being returned to Santa Clara County for trial.

Investigators said Rivas took roughly $115,000 from victims in Santa Clara County alone.


  1. There were dozens of victims, and he is heading to Contra Costa County next week to face even more charges there! Right now he is in San Quentin prison.

  2. This guy is back at it again. I unfortunately was taken advantage of him and his family (the mom and dad run a separate business and the sister runs another) they pretend to be different companies and blame each other for lack of payment. The one crew (mom and dad) approached me (the home owner) and threatened to destroy my property bc the guy (pictured above) wasnt paying them

  3. I am currently a victim of him and his whole family too. His sister Maria must be in this also, she is the one that gets the money.

  4. Victim here too, in Santa Clara County. Heard he was arrested again last week, and weirdly enough the family/crew came back after a week of dodging our calls to actually finish the job. Really bizarre. They damaged some of our property but at this point just glad to be rid of them either way. Lesson learned on our end, it was so incredibly stressful. Filed a police report previously and still waiting for them to get back to us. I hope he stays in prison, and that they catch the rest of his family.

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