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‘Get him off the streets’
For Guthery, who is in the final stages of remodeling her kitchen, the charges give her hope that her ordeal will soon be over.
“We need to get him off the streets and stop him from taking people’s money,” she said.
Cardenas said he found out about the 21-year-old criminal statute only after speaking with the labor department investigator. He said the Bloomington Police Department plans to present more of these cases to the city attorney’s office.
Durenberger said the department used to regularly refer cases to city attorneys, but the “response was completely underwhelming.”
“When we had conversations, what we basically heard was that it was not important, or ‘we don’t have the resources and this is really a civil matter.’ We gave up on sending them out because no one ever charged them.”
Durenberger said he was “gratified but surprised” that Bloomington decided to press charges.
“The whole issue of unlicensed activity is a real sore spot in the industry,” Durenberger said. “We’ll support anything that discouraged unlicensed activity, especially against those that are taking money or harming consumers in other ways.”
Alejandra Matos • 612-673-4028 • Twitter: @amatos12