FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 3, 2021
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Unlicensed Tonopah Remodeler Pleaded Guilty to Contracting Without a License
PHOENIX, Ariz., (May 3, 2021) –On Thurs., April 29, 2021, Uriel Navarrete, 32 of Tonopah, AZ, pleaded guilty to Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Dreamy Draw Justice Court.
The case stems from an Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) investigation which found that Navarrete, DBA Navarrete’s Renovation Services LLC contracted to paint, install tile and perform hardscaping work at a Phoenix rental property for $11,600.
Navarrete was paid $6,220 for the project and started the job. The homeowner filed a complaint with AZ ROC after Navarrete failed to address concerns about paint drips and unreturned extra tiles and materials.
The homeowner told an AZ ROC investigator they knew Navarrete was unlicensed but hired him in order to save money. Rather than saving money, however, the homeowner ended up with poor and incomplete work that may need to be repaired.
The court fined Navarrete $2,000 as a part of the plea agreement. No restitution was ordered in this case.
AZ ROC commonly receives complaints where an unlicensed entity’s work begins as small projects and increases in price and complexity to a point where they are unable or unwilling to complete the project and the homeowner is out of luck. AZ ROC reminds home and property owners to hire licensed contracting professionals and to always check the license at www.roc.az.gov or give the AZ ROC a call at 1-877-MY-AZROC (1-877-692-9762) before hiring a contractor.