Police Seek Contractor Accused of Bilking Woman, 73, out of ,000

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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.

(Photo: Huntington Beach Police)

1 Comment on Police Seek Contractor Accused of Bilking Woman, 73, out of $35,000

  1. Claire

    I just hate reading stories like this. There are a lot of great contractors out there, and this just makes it harder for them, and it makes it harder for us as customers to feel like we can trust anybody. I wonder why people continue to give unlicensed contractors money up front, though. It happens a lot when it’s never reported, too. I know someone who lost money this way and was too embarrassed to do anything about it.
    It seems that hiring a contractor is such a complicated thing to do that anyone who isn’t completely confident should ask a relative or good friend to help them out with the process. Hopefully they can ask someone who knows about licensing, typical payment schedules, Angie’s list, the BBB, calling references, etc.