California contractor David Eberhardt was found guilty Wednesday of fraud, and a judge ordered him to pay nearly $550,000 to the state.
The Santa Clara County Superior Court jury in the case had heard evidence that Eberhart, who worked for the California Home Improvement Association, billed the state nearly $400,000 between 2008 and 2013, according to court documents.
The company was required to pay back more than $500 of that amount in late 2016.
Eberhard’s attorney, Steven Czuba, argued the charges should have been dismissed because Eberheds work was “not done in accordance with state regulations.”
Eberhards defense attorney argued the company did not need to pay taxes because its workers did not meet federal minimum wage requirements.
The case has attracted national attention.
The Santa Clara Daily News editorial board called it “a major victory for California’s taxpayers.”
The Associated Press reported that Ebert did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
The AP also noted that the state did not have a record of whether Ebertards tax payments were made or paid.
Eberhardt, who has worked for several companies in California since 1999, was paid nearly $4.4 million between 2009 and 2018, according a report by the California Department of Finance.
Ebers employer was not named in the lawsuit.ABC News’ Matthew Stetson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.