Bogus bond lands Burbank contractor in Superior Court
News: 2014 Press Release
BURBANK, Calif. - Mitchell Kaady, 62, doing business as RCI Electrical Design, was arrested on multiple felony charges including forgery, false personation and filing forged documents in a public office. Kaady surrendered in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 4, 2014. Kaady allegedly forged notary documentation and submitted illegitimate bonds to receive a state contract valued at $187,517.
"This case is an example of why it is difficult for legitimate businesses to compete against a company that is willing to break the law to gain an unfair advantage," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "Insurance and bonds exist to protect businesses, employees and the public and are not an optional cost of doing business."
Kaady submitted a contract bid to a California state agency to perform telecommunications, cabling and electrical work at various southern California state offices and received payments of $3,244 for partial work completed. After the contract was awarded it was discovered that the bond submitted by Kaady was from a bond company not authorized to sell bonds in California. Kaady was provided several opportunities to explain the discrepancy and submit a legitimate bond but he failed to respond.
Kaady's case is being prosecuted by the State of California Attorney General's Office and if convicted on all counts he faces a maximum of five years in county jail.
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- Kaady was charged with two felony counts of forgery, one felony count of forging the state seal, two felony counts of filing forged document in a public office, and two felony counts of false personation. Kaady was released on his own recognizance and will return to court on Monday, November 10, 2014 for arraignment.
- No booking photo available.
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