FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 8, 2020
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Flagstaff Homeowner Loses $8,000 to Unlicensed Painter
PHOENIX, Ariz., (June 8, 2020) – On Monday, June 1, 2020, Robbie William Smith, 56 of Phoenix, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Flagstaff Justice Court.
The charge stems from a 2019 Arizona Registrar of Contractors’ (AZ ROC) investigation that found Smith contracted to paint the outside of a Flagstaff home.
The homeowner paid Smith $8,000 and was under the impression Smith was a licensed contractor because a licensed company referred Smith for the job.
After Smith painted the home, the homeowner tried to contact him multiple times to address areas Smith did not paint and areas where he allowed paint to dry on the homeowner’s lights and new deck. When Smith failed to address the homeowner’s concerns, the homeowner filed a complaint with AZ ROC and discovered Smith was not a licensed contractor.
The Flagstaff Justice Court fined Smith $1,880 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 person or 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.