Foster City man arrested for impersonating contractor, defrauding San Francisco family out of $110,000

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Authorities arrested a 57-year-old Foster City man, accused of impersonating a contractor and defrauding a San Francisco family out of $110,000, according to District Attorney George Gascón.

The district attorney’s office charged Patrick Otsuki with felony grand theft by false pretenses, felony diversion of funds, and felony fraudulent use of a license. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of contracting without a license and advertising by an unlicensed person, Gascón said.

“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,” Gascón said.

Court documents show Otsuki submitted invoices to the family using a false contractor license number, the district attorney’s office said.

“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,” district attorney’s office spokesman Maxwell Szabo said.

Otsuki was arraigned Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.

He is free on $50,000 bail.

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