FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 24, 2019
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Unlicensed Tucson Individual Twice Guilty
of Contracting Without a License
PHOENIX, Ariz., (Oct. 24, 2019) – On Mon., Oct. 21, 2019, Michael Encinias, 35 of Tucson was found guilty of Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, in one case and on the same day, pleaded guilty to the same charge in a separate case in the Pima Consolidated Justice Court.
The first case and charge stem from an Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) investigation that found Encinias was paid $4,084 to install an air conditioner. The air conditioning unit was ordered and some work started, but after taking a second check from the homeowner he never returned to complete the job. It cost the homeowner an additional $2,400 to have a licensed contractor finish the installation.
After being found guilty in this case, Encinias was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the victim.
In the second case, another Tucson homeowner paid Encinias to again install an air conditioning unit, this time for $3,865. Encinias ordered the unit but abandoned the job before completing the installation, leaving the homeowner’s walls exposed.
After pleading guilty in this case, Encinias was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $950 in restitution to the victim.
Encinias is known to AZ ROC and two other cases have been investigated by the Agency. The prosecution was declined in one case and another is pending adjudication in the Pima Consolidated Justice Court.
In both adjudicated cases, the homeowners believed Encinias was a licensed contractor.
AZ ROC frequently receives complaints regarding unlicensed entities exploiting property owners ranging from poor work to complete abandonment. 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.