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* Secundino Munoz Pleaded Guilty to Working Without Proper Licenses and Insurance in Monterey County

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A Carmel landscaper pleaded guilty Tuesday to working without proper licenses and insurance, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Secundino Munoz, 52, could be penalized with more than three years in prison and fines of up to $15,000 for one felony count of fraudulent use of a contractor’s license and a misdemeanor count of contracting without a license.

In July, a Contractors State Licensing Board investigator discovered that Munoz did not have a worker’s compensation plan for his employees, who did yard work and landscaping. He also discovered that Munoz had no CSLB license, though he had told customers otherwise, the district attorney’s office said. Homeowners said that Munoz had told them that he was licensed, insured, and charged higher prices to pay for the safety equipment he needed, the district attorney’s office said.

According to the district attorney’s office, homeowners who contract with uninsured businesses to do work on their property risk personal liability for medical expenses if a worker is injured while working. Munoz was arrested on Aug. 3.

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