FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wed., April 17, 2019
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Unlicensed Tucson Entity Sentenced to 100 Hours of Community Service
PHOENIX, Ariz., (April 17, 2019) – On Mon., April 15, 2019, Lyle Pettis, 53 of Cortaro, Arizona was found guilty of Contracting Without a License and Advertising Without a License, both Class 1 Misdemeanors in the Pima County Justice Court.
The charges stemmed from an AZ ROC investigation which found that Pettis, dba Lyle's Tile and Hardsurface Cleaning, presented himself to be a licensed contractor and contracted for $4,079.25 to remove carpet and seal concrete floors in a Tucson home. He was paid $2,200 before the homeowner discovered several workmanship issues, such as the ‘permanent’ polish rubbing off with a dry paper towel. The homeowner put a stop-payment on the final check and Pettis abandoned the job.
Pettis was ordered to pay the victim $1,180 in restitution, pay $1,000 in court fines and sentenced to complete 100 hours of community service and 12 months of unsupervised probation.
Pettis has never been a licensed contractor in the State of Arizona.
Since 2018, AZ ROC has investigated three unlicensed complaints filed against Pettis. He was previously found guilty of Contracting Without a License on November 14, 2018 in the Pima County Justice Court and on January 8, 2019 he was fined $960 for that violation. The third case is still being adjudicated. A bench trial for that case is scheduled for May 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Pima County Justice Court.
AZ ROC commonly receives complaints regarding unlicensed entities exploiting property owners ranging from poor work to complete abandonment. The AZ ROC reminds property owners to ask contracting professionals about the status of their license and always check the license by visiting www.roc.az.gov or giving the agency a call at 602-542-1525.