Hilo man charged with contractor fraud

Published On: Apr 08 2014 11:21:06 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 08 2014 11:29:18 AM HST

Ricky Mesa

HILO, Hawaii -

A Hilo man has been charged with three felonies after allegedly posing as a licensed contractor, according to Big Island police.

At 4:34 p.m. Friday, 37-year-old Ricky Mesa was charged with first-degree theft and two felony counts of unlicensed contractor fraud.  His bail was set at $60,000.  He was held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance on Monday .

The charges stem from two separate incidents in 2012.  In September 2012, Mesa identified himself as a licensed contractor to a Hilo couple to do electrical, plumbing and drywall work.  In November 2012, he identified himself as a licensed contractor and received more than $30,000 to install a photovoltaic system for a 69-year-old Pahoa man but never completed the work.

He was charged under a law that went into effect in July 2012 that makes it a felony to perform work while falsely claiming to be a licensed contractor.

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