FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fri., Dec. 6, 2019
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Wanted Unlicensed Phoenix Repairman
Arrested by Arizona DPS
PHOENIX, Ariz., (Dec. 6, 2019) – Michael Cox, 53 of Phoenix, was arrested by the Arizona Department of Public Safety at approximately 10:00 PM on Dec. 1, 2019, after he was found walking in the median on I-17.
Cox was wanted on a warrant issued by the San Marcos Justice Precinct in June 2019, after he Failed to Appear at a June 17, 2019 pre-trial conference following a charge of Contracting Without a License, a Class 1 Misdemeanor.
The charge stems from an Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) investigation that found Cox, DBA Cox Contracting LLC, contracted to complete roof repairs, install windows, and paint the outside of a Sun Lakes home. Cox was paid $7,250 for poor work that he unsuccessfully attempted to repair several times before abandoning the job. The homeowner ended up paying an additional $2,936 to have a licensed contractor fix the roof when it continued to leak after Cox’s ‘repairs’.
Cox was also wanted on a warrant issued by the North Valley Justice Court after he failed to appear at a June 2, 2019, pre-trial conference after being charged with Contracting Without a License. The charge stems from an AZ ROC investigation that found Cox contracted to perform a remodeling project on a Phoenix home for $5,735.
Cox is being held at the Fourth Avenue Jail on bonds and fees totaling $2,100. His next appearance is set for 9:15 AM on Dec. 9, 2019 in the San Marcos Justice Precinct.
AZ ROC frequently 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 or correct the work. In these cases, the homeowner is often out of luck. AZ ROC reminds property owners to ask contractors of their license status and to check the license using the contractor search at www.roc.az.gov or giving the Agency a call at 1-877-692-9762.