FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thurs., Dec. 5, 2019
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
AZ ROC November 2019
Unlicensed Adjudication Highlights
PHOENIX, Ariz., (Dec. 5, 2019) – AZ ROC closes four unlicensed investigations after the cases were successfully adjudicated in Tucson, Lake Havasu City, and Kingman local courts last month.
On Nov. 25, 2019, Glenn Michael Matto, 69 of Tucson, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, in the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court.
The charge stemmed from an AZ ROC investigation which found Matto, DBA Artistic Glass and Mirror Co Inc., represented himself as a licensed contractor and contracted to install shower glass in a Tucson home for $2,243.
Matto completed the job, but the work was poor. The homeowner ended up having to pay again, this time for a licensed contractor to fix the work.
During sentencing, Matto was ordered to pay $2,550 in restitution to the homeowner and was fined $1,000.
Lake Havasu City
On Tues., Nov. 19, 2019, Paul Stephen Adkisson, 50 of Lake Havasu City, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, in the Lake Havasu Municipal Court.
The charge stemmed from an AZ ROC investigation which found Adkisson was paid $4,600 by a Lake Havasu City homeowner who hired him to replace the base plywood sheathing on the roof and drywall in the garage. Adkisson started to replace some of the wood but never completed the job.
Adkisson has never been a licensed contractor in Arizona and this was the first unlicensed complaint AZ ROC investigated involving him.
During sentencing, Adkisson was fined $1,823 and received two years probation. A restitution hearing has been set for 3:00 PM on Dec. 12, 2019, in the Lake Havasu Municipal Court.
Lake Havasu City
On Nov. 14, 2019, Timothy Fuston Rhymer, 66 of Lake Havasu City, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, in the Lake Havasu Municipal Court.
The charge stemmed from an AZ ROC investigation that found Rhymer, DBA Discount Direct Flooring LLC, agreed to install flooring for a Lake Havasu City homeowner for $7,153. After being paid $4,000, Rhymer told the homeowner the IRS seized the money and asked for more before he could start the job. Instead, the homeowner bought the flooring materials from another company and called Rhymer to install it.
The homeowner quickly realized the work was done wrong; the vapor barrier was installed upside down and a section of the flooring was laid in the wrong direction.
During sentencing Rhymer was ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution to the homeowner and was fined $2,100.
On Wed., Nov. 6, 2019, Korey Eldon Hines, 35 of Kingman, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, in the Kingman Municipal Court.
The charge stemmed from an AZ ROC investigation that found Hines, DBA S.I.K. Construction, contracted to perform concrete work at a Kingman home for $9,800. The homeowner observed Hines performing work for a neighbor and, after getting Hines’ business card, believed him to be a licensed contractor.
The homeowner paid Hines a $5,000 deposit but as the work progressed, quickly noticed issues such as cracking concrete and that the outside air-conditioning condenser unit had been nearly enclosed in concrete at the base of the unit. After arguing with Hines about the issues, the homeowner received notification that Hines was suing him for the rest of the money owed on the contract.
AZ ROC often hears of homeowners being threatened by a lawsuit if they refuse to pay an unlicensed contractor. However, per statute, an unlicensed person has no standing if attempting to sue for payment for work done while unlicensed.
During sentencing, the court sentenced Hines to a fine of $1,861, 36 months probation and ordered him to pay $5,000 in restitution to the victim.
AZ ROC reminds property owners to ask contractors of their license status and to check the license using the contractor search at www.roc.az.gov or giving the Agency a call at 1-877-692-9762.