Painter pleads guilty to scamming customers

October 8, 2008 7:23:45 PM PDT
A local house painter accused of cheating consumers out of thousands of dollars pled guilty to three felony counts in Alameda County.

Authorities say Khalid Wilson of first impressions painting took money for work he never completed.

The State Contractors License Board added Wilson to its most wanted list in March after 7 On Your Side brought him to the state's attention. They revealed the state first suspended Wilson's license back in 2004.

Despite the suspension, authorities believe he continued to work as a painting contractor.

At least 11 consumers have since filed complaints against him. Many of the complaints were similar to those voiced by Laura Armstrong of Oakland.

She says she paid Wilson a $2,000 deposit in august of 2007 to paint the exterior of her home. To this day, hardly any work has been done on the home. In all, Wilson could owe victims up to $19,500 in restitution.

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