FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fri., Nov. 8, 2019
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
AZ ROC October 2019
Unlicensed Adjudication Highlights
PHOENIX, Ariz., (Nov. 8, 2019) – ‘Case Closed’ on five AZ ROC unlicensed investigations after they were successfully prosecuted in Casa Grande, Huachuca City, Sierra Vista, and Tucson local courts last month.
On Mon., Oct. 21, 2019, Alex Aros, 57 of Arizona City, was found guilty of Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Casa Grande Justice Court.
The charges stemmed from an AZ ROC investigation finding Aros, DBA Home Renovations Unlimited and A Aros Construction entered into a $7,000 contract to replace windows, repair the roof and complete an irrigation project at a Casa Grande home.
Aros claimed to have finished the window replacement and roof repairs, however, he abandoned the job before completing the irrigation project. The homeowner later learned the work performed was done incorrectly and would need to be fixed by a licensed contractor. The roof leaked and the windows were not sealed properly.
Aros was ordered to pay $5,500 in restitution to the homeowner and was fined $1,070.
On Wed., Oct. 21, 2019, Brian Zazueta, 43 of Huachuca City pleaded guilty to one count of Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, in the Sierra Vista Justice Court.
The case, however, stemmed from two separate AZ ROC investigations.
In one of the two cases, AZ ROC investigators found Zazueta DBA Consider It Done Home Repair represented himself to be a licensed contractor on Facebook and was paid $4,058 from a Huachuca City homeowner to complete a remodeling project. After starting the project, Zazueta abandoned the job; leaving the home in worse shape than when he started. His ‘work’ ended up damaging both the home and some of the remodeling materials he was provided with.
Zazueta was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the property owner. The court also fined him $1,885.
In the second investigation, Zazueta was paid $600 and permitted the use of a truck in exchange for completing repair work required by the homeowner’s insurance policy on a Huachuca City home. The little work completed by Zazueta was poor, incomplete and did not get done on time, resulting in the homeowner’s insurance company canceling the home insurance policy. No new materials were ever delivered, though Zazueta had use of the homeowner's vehicle for 101 days and put 4,128 miles on it.
Zazueta was ordered to pay $8,900 in restitution to the homeowner.
On Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, Juan Arturo Ramirez, 49 of Sierra Vista, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Sierra Vista Justice Court.
The charges originated from an AZ ROC investigation that found Ramirez was paid $14,500 for an extensive outdoor remodeling project at a Sierra Vista home. The homeowner also gave him a mint conditioned 89 Honda Shadow motorcycle, a television and a cement mixer as additional payments. He started the project, but after six weeks of slow progress abandoned the job.
Ramirez was ordered to pay $14,500 in restitution to the homeowner and fined $1,885. He was also sentenced to 90 days in jail, however, that part of the sentencing was suspended.
On Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, Bubba Fortier, 39 of Tucson, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court.
The charges stemmed from an AZ ROC investigation finding Fortier DBA Caliber Builders, LLC, represented himself as a licensed contractor and entered into a $48,125 contract to build an outdoor kitchen and pergola. Fortier was paid $35,700 but never completed the job. The homeowner believes the work was substandard and would need to be redone.
Fortier was fined $1,000 and a restitution hearing is set for December 13, 2019, in the Pima Consolidated Justice Court.
AZ ROC frequently receives complaints where an unlicensed entity’s work begins as small projects and increases in price and complexity to a point where they are unable or unwilling to complete or correct the work. In these cases, the homeowner is often out of luck. 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.