Man Arrested for Impersonating a Contractor


June 28, 2016


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SAN FRANCISCO - Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Patrick Otsuki, age 57, of Foster City, was arrested for defrauding a San Francisco family out of $110,000 by falsely holding himself out as a licensed contractor.  Otsuki has been charged with felony grand theft by false pretenses, felony diversion of funds, and felony fraudulent use of a license.  He has also been charged with misdemeanor counts of contracting without a license and advertising by an unlicensed person. "San Franciscans need to be able to trust that people they welcome into their home are who they say they are, and that they are licensed and qualified to complete the work for which they are hired," said District Attorney George Gascón.

According to court documents, Otsuki falsely told the family that he was a licensed contractor and he submitted invoices to the family which included a false contractor license number.  Court documents allege that Otsuki did not complete the work he was hired for and did not obtain permits for which he charged the family thousands of dollars, forcing the family to hire a licensed contractor to complete the project.

Otsuki was arraigned today and entered a plea of not guilty.  He is currently out of custody on $50,000 bail.  The arrest of Otsuki is the result of an extensive investigation by Investigator Bob Twomey of the California Contractor State Licensing Board.  San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Theis Finlev is prosecuting the case.