ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A New Mexico contractor News 13 exposed for allegedly defrauding customers faced a judge Tuesday.
In April, On Special Assignment reporter Katie Kim told you about Gary Mares.
He’s accused of working as a subcontractor for a legitimate company.
Customers claim he would go to their homes, get half of the money for the work in a check made out to him instead of the company and then never show up again.
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Mares Monday on fraud and embezzlement charges.
Investigators believe there are more than a dozen victims including a woman who hired Mares to landscape her backyard.
After he failed to do any work she looked up Mares online.
That’s where she saw the story and the allegations against him.
The woman told News 13 Mares had a new company name and was advertising on Craigslist.
In court, the judge set his bond at $10,000 cash or surety.
If convicted, he faces 10 and a half years in prison.