FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fri., June 14, 2019
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Repeat Phoenix Offender Guilty
Contracting Without a License
PHOENIX, Ariz., (June 14, 2019) –On Wed., June 12, 2019, Robert Anthony Carter, 65 of Phoenix was found guilty of Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Arcadia Biltmore Justice Court.
The case stems from an AZ ROC investigation which found that Carter, DBA Elegance In Design Inc, was paid a total of $65,679 between February and October 2016 by a Phoenix homeowner to complete a 600 sq ft room addition. As the project continued to crawl with little progress and no clear completion date, the homeowners contacted AZ ROC and discovered the company was acting in the capacity of a general contractor and required to be licensed.
Carter was fined $2,000 and a restitution hearing is scheduled for August 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Arcadia Biltmore Justice Court.
AZ ROC previously investigated one other complaint against Carter and in August 2017 he was found guilty of Contracting Without a License in the McDowell Mountain Justice Court and fined $1,000.
AZ ROC frequently receives complaints where an unlicensed entity claims a license is not required for the project because they are either working under a “handyman exemption” or as a consultant on the job. There is no exemption from licensure for handymen. If hiring someone else to do the work 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.
When in doubt about whether a license is required or if a contractor is properly licensed visit www.roc.az.gov or give the AZ ROC a call at 1-877-MY-AZROC (1-877- 692-9762).