VAN NUYS (CNS) — An unlicensed pest exterminator was handed a two-year state prison sentence for duping senior citizens by charging them for work that was never done.
Eldad Syton, 33, and co-defendant Yair Zilberman, 31, each pleaded no contest in October to one count of residential burglary and three counts of theft from an elder.
Syton had pest extermination contracts with set fees for elderly clients, but then claimed there were additional problems with their homes, according to Deputy District Attorney Michelle Dodd.
Syton then entered into new contracts for large amounts of money for work that was never performed, according to the prosecutor.
Zilberman, an unlicensed air quality contractor, convinced senior citizens about other problems in their homes and charged them thousands of dollars for work that was never done, Dodd said.
Zilberman was sentenced earlier this month to two years in state prison. Total losses were estimated at more than $350,000, according to the District Attorney’s Office. A restitution hearing is scheduled for March 18.
The case stemmed from an investigation by multiple agencies, including the California Department of Consumer Affairs and the Los Angeles, Burbank,
Whittier and Santa Monica police departments.