FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mon., Feb. 24, 2020
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Phoenix Realtor Guilty of
Contracting Without a License
PHOENIX, Ariz., (Feb. 24, 2020) – On February 19, 2020, Jennifer Careccia, 47 of Phoenix, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, in the McDowell Mountain Justice Court.
The charge stemmed from a 2018 Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) investigation that found Careccia contracted to remodel an investment property in Fountain Hills.
The victim met Careccia at an open house, where she claimed to have done the remodel. They did not purchase that property, but Carreccia later told them about another house for sale, which they did purchase. She was paid $80,500 to remodel and list it for sale.
Careccia finished the project, but the property owner was unhappy with the quality of work and a lack of accounting for where over $5,500 of the funds were spent.
Careccia was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay up to $5,000 in restitution to the property owner.
AZ ROC frequently receives complaints involving unlicensed entities claiming to be acting in the capacity of a designer or consultant. If hiring someone else to do the work, including hiring someone to act in the capacity of a general contractor, 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.
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 by giving the Agency a call at 1-877-692-9762.