Contractors convicted in major fraud case
Nearly three years after being accused of scamming victims of the 2017 Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, the owners of a shuttered Tulare construction company have been convicted in one of the biggest fraud cases tied to post-wildfire rebuilding in Sonoma County.
The case against husband and wife Salvador and Pamela Chiaramonte, owners of Tulare-based Chiaramonte Construction & Plumbing, came to a head Friday when they pleaded no contest to multiple felonies in Sonoma County Superior Court.
Amy Diane Perry, their daughter, also was a defendant and pleaded no contest.
The conviction of Sal Chiaramonte involves 13 counts of diverting funds of at least $1,000 and one count of theft from an elder or dependent adult, according to court records. Pamela Chiaramonte and Perry each pleaded no contest to one count of diversion of funds.
Their pleas apply to a fraction of the 59 counts, ranging from diversion of construction funds to grand theft of personal property, each family member originally faced.
An April 22 preliminary hearing would have determined if the family would stand trial but it was canceled in the wake of their pleas.
All three are scheduled to be sentenced on July 14.
Their attorney, Ken Rosenfeld, did not return a call for comment Monday afternoon.
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