Alleged victims of Santa Fe home builder William Kalinowski testified in court Tuesday, including one man who said Kalinowski left him with an unfinished house that turned out to be encumbered with a lien, reports Edmundo Carrillo for the Albuquerque Journal.
Kalinowski, a former luxury home builder, is on trial for embezzlement and fraud in a trial that started Monday in Santa Fe District Court.
Prosecutors from the state’s Regulation and Licensing Department maintain Kalinowski bilked investors and home buyers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, left homes unfinished and didn’t pay subcontractors he had been working with for years as the housing market crashed in 2007 and 2008.
His defense team says Kalinowski simply got swamped amid the economic downturn.
John Rotman, a Santa Fe electrical contractor who said he had been doing business with Kalinowski since the early 2000s, testified that Kalinowski owed him about $100,000 for work he performed.
He said Kalinowski had typically been slow to pay, and that a bookkeeper constantly gave him reasons why he couldn’t be paid until just before Kalinowski went out of business in October 2008