Unlicensed Mesa Man Guilty of Contracting Without a License

June 22, 2021



Tuesday, June 22, 2021


Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison

Unlicensed Mesa Man Guilty of Contracting Without a License

Phoenix, Ariz., (June 22, 2021) – On Wed., June 16, 2021, John Harold Roberts, 49 of Mesa, was found guilty of Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, in the McDowell Mountain Justice Court.

The charge stemmed from a 2020 Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) investigation that found Roberts, DBA JG & 8K LLC contracted to remodel a Scottsdale home, including drywall, electrical, plumbing and more, for $11,590. 

The homeowner told an AZ ROC Investigator that Roberts' response to their request for a written contract was that he only did "handshake deals," leading the homeowner to draft one instead. 

Work was slow and the homeowner noticed several problems with the workmanship leading the homeowner to fire Roberts and file a complaint with AZ ROC after paying Roberts $16,252.68. 

Roberts has never been a licensed contractor in Arizona. AZ ROC investigated two prior unlicensed contracting cases against Roberts in 2015 and 2017. The 2015 case was submitted for prosecution review and in the 2017 case Roberts was issued a $2,500 civil penalty. 

A restitution and sentencing hearing is scheduled for 2:30 PM on August 18, 2021, in the McDowell Mountain Justice Court.

AZ ROC reminds home and property owners to always check the license before hiring a contractor at www.roc.az.gov or by giving the Agency a call at 1-877-692-9762.