A roofer who was criminally charged twice in 13 months for working illegally as a contractor has been sentenced to 15 days behind bars.
Peter Daniel Yeaman, 57, pleaded guilty last week in Mason County District Court to a gross misdemeanor charge of unregistered contracting. Judge Victoria Meadows imposed the jail time and ordered Yeaman to pay $1,000 in penalties. He will also have to repay his victim $5,000.
The judge required Yeaman to begin serving the jail time no later than Aug. 9. If he doesn’t comply with the sentence or commits a crime in the next two years, he could face up to 349 more days in jail.
This is the second time the Attorney General’s Office has prosecuted Yeaman based on a Department of Labor & Industries investigation into him and his company, Southgate Roofing, of Belfair. In the current case, Yeaman was not registered as a contractor, when he agreed to reroof a house in Grapeview and cashed a $5,000 check for the job on Nov. 23, 2015.
That was the very same day that he pleaded guilty and was sentenced in an older case on one count of unregistered contracting and one felony count of doing business after his workers’ compensation coverage was revoked. That sentence required, in part, that he not work as an unregistered contractor for two years.
Since 2013, L&I has cited Yeaman nine times for unregistered contracting and twice for not obtaining a permit before altering a manufactured home. He now owes L&I nearly $180,000 for unpaid contracting and safety infractions and workers’ comp premiums and penalties. The department is continuing efforts to collect the debt.