Contractor accused of bilking woman, 73, out of $35,000
“Huntington Beach police are looking for Masoud Tabeshnekoo, accused of leaving an illegal remodeling job uncompleted.”
HUNTINGTON BEACH Police are seeking the public’s help in finding Masoud Tabeshnekoo, who is charged with stealing $35,000 from a 73-year-old woman.
The 48-year-old Tabeshnekoo, who is also known as Matthew Nekoo, has been charged with five felony counts of theft, theft from an elder, and diversion of construction funds, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The woman responded to a commercial for Hollow Brick Inc. on a Persian language radio station in December 2006 to have some remodeling done on her home.
Tabeshnekoo agreed to do the remodel in two weeks for $60,000, police said, but insisted on $35,000 up front, police said.
Tabeshnekoo, who wasn’t licensed as a contractor, hired unlicensed workers to begin some demolition work at the house, police said. City inspectors noticed the job site, and found it “grossly out of compliance” with building codes and shut the work down, police said. Tabeshnekoo failed to arrange for repairs, and the home was left uninhabitable, police said.
The city arranged for a loan for the woman who was living on Social Security payments to get it back into shape.
The cost to repair the damage was $75,000, leaving the woman out a total of $110,000, police said.
A $50,000 warrant has been issued for Tabeshnekoo’s arrest.
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