There were some Solano and Napa County victims of a man recently arrested for running a fire inspection scam, and some of them may not be aware of it, the Napa County District Attorney's office announced.
Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley issued warnings some time back about a fire inspection scam being seen in Napa County, and advised residents to watch for invoices being sent to local businesses from a company called Red Mountain Security and Fire Protection or RMS (previously doing business as RMZ Fire Safety), according to the announcement.
The invoices were for $413.11 for the inspection of the business' fire equipment that never happened, she said. The Napa County District Attorney's Office also began an investigation into the scam and determined "that an individual believed to be behind these scam invoices was being investigated by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office," the announcement says. "Information received in the course of the investigation was provided to the Santa Barbara County DA's Investigator."
Napa County residents and businesses who may have been victims of this scam were advised to contact the Santa Barbara County DA's Office, it says.
The Santa Barbara County DA's Office investigation ultimately lead to identifying 1,297 victims throughout California, officials said.
"On June 29, 2017, the Santa Barbara County DA's Office announced that the individual behind this scam, Robert Lorin Musich, from West Covina, California, was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to one felony count of grand theft, 10 felony counts of forgery and three felony counts of filing a false income tax return for the years of 2013-2015," officials said. "Mr. Musich also admitted an aggravated white collar crime enhancement, admitting the loss to victims of his scam exceeded $500,000."
Besides the seven-year prison sentence, Musich was also ordered to pay $524,089.30 in restitution to the 1,297 victims, $85,282 to the California Franchise Tax Board and a fine of $100,000, they said.
"Mr. Musich's victims are located throughout all of California's 58 counties," according to the announcement. "Some of the victims are not yet aware that they were victims. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Mr. Musich's scam should visit the Santa Barbara County DA's website..., at www.countyofsb.org/da, where a list of the victims and the restitution amounts, ordered by the Court, will be posted for review."
There will be further discussion on what to do if you find you were a victim, they said.