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Fines, Violations End in Felony Plea

Friday, June 12, 2015

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VANCOUVER, WA--A driveway paver with a mountain of unpaid fines for everything from child labor to licensing violations has now pleaded guilty to a felony charge.

After leaving a two-year trail of angry customers and racking up more than $72,000 in unpaid fines for a dozen assorted violations, Salvador Rodriguez, 45, pleaded guilty to one felony count of doing business without workers’ compensation insurance and to three counts of unregistered contracting, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries announced.


Salvador Rodriguez (not pictured) owes more than $72,000 in fines and premiums. He has pleaded guilty to workers' comp and licensing violations and will serve 30 days of work release.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier sentenced Rodriguez (also known as Salvador Rodriguez Alvarez) to 30 days of work release on the workers’ compensation offense.

The judge then suspended a 364-day jail sentence as long as Rodriguez pays restitution to the state and his victims and breaks no laws for the next two years.

A Trail of Complaints

Between 2012 and 2014, Rodriguez’s Chava Paving of Vancouver surfaced driveways and roads throughout Clark County, leaving a trail of complaints about shoddy and incomplete work, the state said.

In one case, a property owner paid $33,000 in advance to Rodriguez’s teenage son to build a retaining wall and parking pad. Five days in, the job was so shoddy that the customer cancelled the contract. But he could not get his money back.

Workers' Comp, Child Labor

The state also said that Rodriguez hired workers without providing workers’ comp insurance. Rodriguez initially registered his business in 2005, but L&I suspended his registration in 2009 when his insurance and bond were cancelled. The agency then cancelled his workers’ comp coverage in 2010 because he failed to pay premiums.

In 2013, L&I ordered Rodriguez to stop work at a construction site because two employees were in violation of state child labor laws. The teenagers, ages 14 and 17, were working next to paving machines, the state said.

Today, Rodriguez owes the state more than $72,000. That includes more than $65,000 in fines for a dozen unregistered-contracting citations and one child-labor citation. He also owes $7,300 for workers’ compensation premiums.


Tagged categories: Construction; Contractors; Criminal acts; Good Technical Practice; Laws and litigation; North America; Residential contractors

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