FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 10, 2019
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
AZ ROC August 2019
Unlicensed Adjudication Highlights
PHOENIX, Ariz., (Sept. 10, 2019) – ‘Case closed,’ for five AZ ROC unlicensed investigations after they are successfully prosecuted in local courts last month.
On August 27, 2019, Eloy Raymond Otero pleaded no contest to Criminal Damages; a Class 6 Felony, Theft; a Class 3 Felony, and Contracting Without a License; a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Graham County Superior Court.
The charges stem from an AZ ROC investigation that found Otera, DBA Integrity Remodel and Home Service was paid $11,500 by a 77-year-old Safford homeowner to repair three roofs damaged by a hail storm. One of the three was repaired, but Otera abandoned the job before starting work on the other two.
Otero was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $12,634 in restitution to the homeowner, with $5,000 due and paid at the August 27, 2019 sentencing hearing. A review hearing is scheduled for December 10, 2019, at 10:00 AM.
On August 15, 2019, Christa Gonzalez, DBA A Plus Concrete and Landscape and Mark Guzman DBA Express Concrete LLC, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License; a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the White Tank Justice Court.
The case stems from an AZ ROC investigation which found the duo was paid $11,900 by a Waddell homeowner to pour a concrete foundation for a steel shed. Gonzalez subcontracted the work out to Guzman, who completed the job but the work was poor; neither were licensed.
A fine of $1,865 was imposed and a restitution hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12, 2019.
On August 8, 2019, Dean and Jennifer Ditchoff DBA HE/PA Enterprises LLC pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License; a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the White Tank Justice Court.
The case resulted from an AZ ROC investigation that revealed the couple was paid $11,200 by an Avondale homeowner to complete a bathroom remodel. The couple started the work but quickly abandoned the project.
A fine of $1,865 was imposed and a restitution hearing is set for Fri., Sept. 13, 2019.
On August 1, 2019, Lyle Pettis was found guilty of Contracting Without a License; a Class 1 Misdemeanor and Advertising Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Pima County Justice Court.
The charges stem from an AZ ROC investigation that found Pettis, DBA Lyle’s Tile and Hardsurface Cleaning, was paid $20,325 for a remodeling project by a Tucson homeowner. The work was started, Pettis abandoned the project before it was complete, however.
Pettis was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $5,925 in restitution to the homeowner.
Lake Havasu City
On August 1, 2019, Luis Gerardo Osornio pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License; a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Lake Havasu Municipal Court.
The case stems from an AZ ROC investigation that found Gerardo was paid $1,000 by a Lake Havasu City homeowner to tile a master bathroom. The work completed was poor and the homeowner had to pay for it to be redone.
Gerardo was sentenced to a $1,823 fine, two years of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $840.96 in restitution to the victim.
AZ ROC frequently receives complaints where an unlicensed entity claims a license is not required for the project because they are either working under a “handyman exemption” or as a consultant on the job. There is no exemption from licensure for handymen. If hiring someone else to do the work and the entire project, including labor and materials, is over $1,000 or requires a permit by the local municipality, a license is required by Arizona Revised Statute 32-1121.