'Most Wanted' contractor captured, faces charges in San Diego

State board sets up 'sting'

SAN DIEGO - People working on home improvements no longer have to worry about a contractor wanted on felony charges, according to state leaders.

Ronald Holland, of Bonita, was arrested in Sacramento on Tuesday. He had been on the Contractors State License Board's "Most Wanted" list.

The San Diego County district attorney's office filed charges against Holland, including grand theft and contracting without a license.

Holland is accused of taking illegal, large down payments, and he's accused of substandard and incomplete contracting work. In one case, state leaders said he took a down payment of more than $21,000 and never did the work.

A board spokesperson said Holland had started working in the Sacramento area and the board informed the company's owner of the arrest warrant. The company cooperated with state investigators, and when Holland went to the office, he was taken into custody.

Holland has nine previous convictions.

The Contractors State License Board urges consumers not to pay in cash, hire only licensed contractors, check references and get a written contract. Consumers can get more tips, and check license numbers on the CSLB's website.

The CSLB is under California's Department of Consumer Affairs.

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