FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wed., May 20, 2020
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Flagstaff Homeowner Loses $1,400 to
Unlicensed Concrete Company
PHOENIX, Ariz., (May 20, 2020) – On Friday, May 15, 2020, Kevin Taylor, 58 of Flagstaff, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Flagstaff Justice Court.
The charge stemmed from a 2019 Arizona Registrar of Contractors’ (AZ ROC) investigation that found Taylor, DBA KT Concrete LLC, contracted to tear out old railroad ties and build new concrete steps and a sidewalk at a Flagstaff home.
The homeowner was referred to Taylor by a friend of her son. She paid Taylor $1,400 in cash to start the project. He completed the demolition work, but never returned to finish building the new stairs.
In September 2018, the homeowner filed a small claims suit against Taylor in the Flagstaff Justice Court, and in February 2019, Taylor was given a four-month payment plan to return the homeowner’s money. Four months later at the follow-up court date, the homeowner reported they never received anything and Taylor did not show up at the hearing. This led the homeowner to file an AZ ROC complaint and assist the Agency in prosecution.
The Flagstaff Justice Court fined Taylor $1,920 as a part of the plea agreement.
AZ ROC frequently receives complaints regarding unlicensed entities exploiting property owners ranging from poor work to complete abandonment. If the entire cost of the project, including labor and materials is over $1,000, or requires a permit by the local municipality, Arizona Revised Statute 32-1121 requires the business performing the work to be licensed.
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.