County Attorney Press Releases


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         El Paso County Attorney José R. Rodríguez announced today the sentencing of a local swimming pool contractor accused of 4 criminal charges of Deceptive Business Practices and one additional charge of Theft by Check.

On Thursday November 16th at County Criminal Court #2, Archie Castañón pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to one year probation, and to serve 400 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay $48,000 in restitution to the victims of Deceptive Business Practices, and to pay an additional restitution of $14,393 to cover 46 hot checks that Castañón gave to local merchants.

According to the criminal complaints Castañón, doing business as “Shimmering Pools and Spas” and “Rainbow Pools and Spas,” received thousands of dollars for the construction of 4 swimming pools at several homes in East and West El Paso, but never finished the jobs. According to one of the complainants, Castañón also falsely represented himself as being a member of the Better Business Bureau, the El Paso Association of Builders and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

            Margaret Perez, Director of the local Better Business Bureau, stated “Archie Castañón, or any name under which he did business, were never members of the Better Business Bureau. Unscrupulous operators sometimes falsely claim to be members of our organization to gain the confidence of consumers.”

Ms. Perez warned, “Check them out. Call our office ask if they are current members and ask if we have any complaints against their company.  It is better to find out before you turn over your money than after you’ve put it in their hands.”

             County Attorney José R. Rodríguez said consumers should be careful when hiring individuals to do construction work in their homes.

“Consumers must be very cautious when it comes to giving money up front to contractors. Pay the complete amount of the contract only after the job is finished, and after corroborating the quality of the goods or services.” said José R. Rodríguez,

            For more information about the case, please contact Clinton Cross at 546-2050. 


Pool Contractor Press Release.pdf