FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wed., April 3, 2019
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Tucson Individual Pleads Guilty to
Contracting Without a License in Two Cases
PHOENIX, Ariz., (Wed., April 3, 2019)– On Thurs., March 28, 2019, Lino Silva Jr., 42 of Tucson, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without A License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Pima County Justice Court in two separate cases.
The cases stemmed from two separate AZ ROC investigations.
AZ ROC’s most recent investigation found that Silva, DBA Lino Silva Company, was paid $3,220 for landscaping work on a Tucson home. Silva sent two workers to start the project and never returned to the jobsite himself. The job was quickly abandoned after very little work was performed.
In this case, Silva was sentenced to 30 days in the Pima County Jail, 6 months of supervised probation, a $2000 court fine and ordered to pay $3,220 in restitution to the homeowner. It was further ordered, he serve 5 days of the jail sentence beginning Friday, May 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM. The remaining 25 days were suspended, however.
A review hearing for this case is scheduled for Fri., May 3, 2019 at 1:30 PM in the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court.
In a prior investigation, from Nov. 2016, Silva was paid $2,100 by an East Tucson homeowner for exterior home repairs. Silva, who had been working for a licensed contractor on the home next door, made a bid to complete repairs on the victim’s home without the company’s authorization. Silva took the money for the project and never returned to start the job. After Silva did not return, the homeowner discovered she had not contracted with the licensed company after all and that Silva was no longer employed by the licensed company.
In this case, Silva was ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution to the homeowner.
Silva has never been licensed in Arizona, nor has he applied for a license.
AZ ROC investigated Silva for allegations of Contracting Without a License on a total of eight occasions since 2010. All cases were sent to the Pima County Attorney’s Office for prosecution review and Silva pleaded guilty and was sentenced in six cases, including the two cases adjudicated on March 28, 2019. A 2010 investigation was resolved by Silva paying the homeowner $2,475 in restitution. A 2016 investigation was referred for prosecution but not charged.
The AZ ROC commonly receives complaints regarding unlicensed entities exploiting property owners ranging from poor work to complete abandonment. This serves as another reminder to property owners to ask contractors of their license status and to check the license by visiting www.roc.az.gov or calling 1-877-692-9762 (1-877-MY-AZROC).
Photo Source: Pima County Sheriff’s Office