Merced fraud contractor, con man was denied parole

The Merced County District Attorney has announced that Jesse Munoz, 41, was denied parole by the California Board of Parole last month.

Munoz was sentenced to 11 years in state prison earlier this year in February for grand theft and diversion of construction funds in excess of $100,000. However, he was eligible for parole after just six months following the passage of Prop. 57 in 2016 due to the “non-violent” crimes provision in the law. 

Munoz posed as a construction contractor for much of 2012 and 2013, collecting deposits for his labor and then he would disappear after starting the jobs or never even show up to work. He cheated nearly two dozen people out of their money, causing financial problems for his victims. 

Munoz was also convicted in 2009 and he was sentenced to five years in state prison on 15 counts of theft under false pretense.