Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Home Improvement Contractor Gets 8 Months For Pocketing Customer Deposits & Failing To Deliver Promised Services

From the Office of the Santa Clara County, California District Attorney:
  • Peter Be, age 42, was convicted of four felony counts of Diversion of Construction Funds and a misdemeanor of Contracting Without a License. Be was CEO of Beohana Solar Corporation, a company advertising for the sale and installation of solar systems. Many homeowners were lured by Be’s advertisement for a unique way to receive a “Free Solar Program” to qualified homeowners. The advertising claimed that after a 12 year lease term, the solar system was “FREE.” After paying huge deposits, the homeowners were given a written contract which stated in small print that the solar systems were not free at the end of the lease, but the homeowners were required to pay for the equipment at fair market value. Be failed to return many deposits or install the homeowners’ equipment. Be also represented himself as a licensed contractor, which he was not.


  • Peter Be was sentenced last week to 8 months in county jail and ordered to pay restitution of $178,146.90 to the victims.

For the Santa Clara County DA press release, see Unlicensed Contractor Convicted of Diversion of Construction Funds and Contracting Without a License.