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18th Judicial District Attorney Warns Of Contractor Fraud



a person standing in front of a house: The 18th Judicial District DA's Consumer Fraud Protection Unit said it's received an "extremely high number of consumer complaints" about contractor fraud.


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The 18th Judicial District DA’s Consumer Fraud Protection Unit said it’s received an “extremely high number of consumer complaints” about contractor fraud.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, CO — The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has released an advisory after a recent surge in contractor fraud. The office’s Consumer Fraud Protection Unit said it’s received an “extremely high” number of consumer complaints over the past six months about home improvement projects and hired contractors.

“While most contractors are reputable and honest, some are not,” the advisory read.

“A few complaints have originated from local organizations and businesses, but the majority have come from homeowners in areas of home repairs, renovations, and new construction.”

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Other Colorado regions have also seen a spike in fraud, officials said.

“While some problems cannot be anticipated, we believe that homeowners may have avoided financial losses and project delays if they had researched the business or contractor and taken some precautions,” the advisory read.

“Many problems could have been avoided if an attorney was involved during certain stages.”

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text: SOURCE: Office of the District Attorney – 18th Judicial District – Consumer Fraud Protection.


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SOURCE: Office of the District Attorney – 18th Judicial District – Consumer Fraud Protection.



text: SOURCE: Office of the District Attorney – 18th Judicial District – Consumer Fraud Protection.


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SOURCE: Office of the District Attorney – 18th Judicial District – Consumer Fraud Protection.

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Contractor pleads guilty in King County drainage district corruption case

A Renton contractor who conspired with the longtime commissioner of King County Drainage District 5 admitted to lying to the FBI and United States Attorneys.

SEATTLE — A Renton contractor entered a “guilty” plea in federal court on Wednesday, marking the first conviction in an alleged corruption case the KING 5 Investigators first reported on 17 months ago.

Darrell N. Winston, who ran a small company called City Biz, admitted he lied to FBI investigators and the United States Attorney’s Office on multiple occasions as they investigated the reported theft of hundreds of thousands of tax dollars by the longtime commissioner of King County Drainage District 5 in Enumclaw.

According to court documents, Winston created two separate invoices that he submitted to King County government in 2018 claiming that he performed maintenance work on parts of the 18 miles of storm drains that comprise Drainage District 18.

The invoices were approved by longtime Drainage District Commissioner Allan “Benny” Thomas, so the county paid Winston $53,754 for the trench work.

FBI investigators later determined Winston hadn’t done the work and he funneled most of the money back to commissioner Thomas and his wife, JoAnn.



2 Defendant hereby waives all objections to the form of the charging document. Defendant 3 further understands that, before entering any guilty plea, Defendant will be placed under 4 oath. Any statement given by Defendant under oath may be used by the United States in 5 a prosecution for perjury or false statement.

In the summer of 2019 Winston told the KING 5 Investigators he had done the work and the invoices were legitimate.

A few months later he told the FBI the same thing, but agents were able to determine that he deposited the money and took out large cashier’s checks that he

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