LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A warrant has been issued for the man accused of operating as an unlicensed contractor, scamming a 69-year-old woman.

Alfred Lagunas was supposed to appear in court Monday to address a charge of operating without a contractors’ license; however, court records show he didn’t appear, and a $10,000 bench warrant has been issued.

Lagunas is accused of scamming a woman out of $8,000 for a home remodeling contract. Barbara Ojito told FOX5 she met the man through church.

“He took off with the money. He never came back. He never returned my calls. I went through hell, back and forth to the point where I got sick,” Ojito revealed. Ojito urges homeowners, especially those who are elderly, to avoid the mistake.

“Don’t let this happen to you. Hire somebody that’s got a license,” Ojito pleaded.

Nevada State Contractors Board Public Information Officer Randy Escamilla said Lagunas was accused of being an unlicensed contractor before.

He has been convicted once before for contracting without a license. He is now charged with a gross misdemeanor and if convicted for contracting without a license, he will face a maximum penalty of up to a $10,000 fine and up to a year in the Clark County Jail,” Escamilla stated.

An upcoming hearing date has yet to be set.


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