Unlicensed Prescott Woman Guilty of Contracting Without a License

AZ ROC Seal (full color)
December 23, 2022

Fri., Dec. 23, 2022

Cindy Casaus, Chief of Operations

Unlicensed Prescott Woman Guilty of Contracting Without a License

PHOENIX, Ariz., (Dec. 23, 2022) - On August 31, 2022, Pamela L. Shipley, 67 of Prescott, Arizona pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License in the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, a Class 1 Misdemeanor. As part of a plea offer, Shipley was required to pay $20,000 in restitution to her victims as well as pay their travel expenses to attend court proceedings in Prescott. The charges were dismissed on Nov. 30, 2022 following Shipley's satisfaction of the plea agreement.

The charges resulted from a 2021 Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) investigation that found Shipley contracted to oversee the build of a new single family home in Prescott for $30,000 and was paid a total of $20,500 from the victims in this case. However, Pamela Shipley has never been a licensed contractor in Arizona and contracted for the job using the license number of a licensed contracting company.

A company is either licensed or it is not. Contractor license numbers cannot be "borrowed" and a company cannot claim to be "working under" another company's license. The Registrar of Contractors issues licenses to companies, not to individuals, and only bona-fide employees (not 1099 independent contractors) are covered by the company's license.

Licensed companies are required to be in compliance with workers' compensation and tax laws, carry a bond and, for companies performing residential projects, contribute to the Residential Recovery Fund, a system of financial protection.

Home and property owners should always check the license before hiring a contractor by visiting www.roc.az.gov or by giving the Agency a call at 1-877-692-9762. In addition to making sure the company is actively licensed, AZ ROC recommends taking the extra step to call the phone number listed on the licensee's record to verify that the representative being contracted with is a legitimate employee of the licensee.