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Former North County contractor receives sentence for grand theft

Team 10 first exposed Marc Morningstar in 2017.
Posted at 11:50 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 14:54:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A former North County contractor who pleaded guilty to several charges, including grand theft, received a five-year sentence on Monday.

Prosecutors said Marc Morningstar owes thousands of dollars to more than a dozen former customers. Team 10 first exposed Morningstar in early 2017 after several people contacted Team 10 about his questionable business practices.

Morningstar pleaded guilty to failure to file a tax return, two counts of grand theft of personal property, and using personal identifying information of another person. He also admitted to two misdemeanors—failure to secure payment of compensation and contracting without a license.

The judge sentenced him to local custody. He will receive credit for the time he has already served, which was more than 200 days.

He also owes 13 victims nearly $28,000, according to deputy district attorney Amy Lafer.

During the hearing, Morningstar’s girlfriend Maria Meeuwisse requested to address the court.
She said she is a victim of Morningstar as well.

“He will not be living with me when he gets out, whenever he does get out. He has used my social security number,” she told the judge.

Meeuwisse previously pleaded guilty to her role in the scheme, which included a misdemeanor of contracting without a license and failure to secure payment of compensation.

Judge Timothy Walsh said that Morningstar has to “rethink the way he approaches his life.”