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Menlo Park: Unlicensed contractor pleads no contest to fraud

He was sentenced to 40 days in jail and three years of probation

A 60-year-old man from South San Francisco pleaded no contest Monday, Feb. 8, to falsely signing another contractor's name and license number without permission, alongside his own, on a contract to remodel a four-unit apartment building in Menlo Park.

After falsely signing the documents, Martin Coleman Cloherty allegedly proceeded to do "shoddy" work, failed to pay several subcontractors, and altered the payee on a check he received from the plaintiff, prosecutors said.

His contractor's license had been expired since 1997, according to prosecutors, who said he caused $45,943 in losses to the plaintiff.

Mr. Cloherty, who remains out of custody, was placed on three years of supervised probation plus 40 days of county jail time. He was ordered to pay $470 in fines and fees, plus a $100 a month probation fee.

The case was continued to March 22 to determine what restitution the defendant will be ordered to pay.

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