For Immediate Release: January 23, 2018
Unlicensed Individual Sentenced to Prison after Scamming Arizona Families
PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced James Servellon, an unlicensed individual, was sentenced to 3.75 years in prison and 4 years of probation. Servellon was previously on the run and listed as one of Arizona Registrar of Contractors’ “Most Wanted."
From April 2009 to July 2015, Servellon scammed families by offering to perform home remodeling services for a fee. After families paid, Servellon never completed the work and abandoned the jobs. Servellon had previously been convicted of felony charges stemming from a similar unlicensed contracting scheme. In addition to the remodeling jobs, Servellon solicited a $4,500 business investment from an elderly woman who had also contracted with him for home remodeling. In total, Servellon stole $13,000 from the elderly victim.
The judge ordered Servellon to pay more than $23,000 in restitution to the victims.
The Arizona Registrar of Contractors’ Unlicensed Activity Division investigated this case.
Assistant Attorney General Jordyn Raimondo prosecuted this case.
In July 2017, the Phoenix-based US Marshal Service team worked with the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSW RFTF) to arrest Servellon and another individual on the Registrar’s Most Wanted Unlicensed Entities.
On July 29, 2017, at approximately 4:40 PM, James Servellon, 48, formerly of the Phoenix-Mesa area, was arrested by the PSW RFTF. For this operation, the arresting team was comprised of individuals from the USMS, Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles County Probation Office.
The arrest occurred without incident, outside of a family member’s wedding ceremony in Lancaster, CA, when Servellon left the wedding reception and attempted to retrieve an item from a vehicle in the parking lot.
AZ ROC investigated 36 cases against Servellon since 2006 and, in 2015 alone, the Registrar investigated nine cases and submitted eight of them to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.
In those eight cases submitted for prosecution, AZ ROC Investigators found Servellon illegally contracted with homeowners for bathroom and kitchen countertop remodeling projects totaling $28,975. In total, homeowners – from Chandler, Gilbert, Pinetop-Lakeside, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek and Tempe - paid $23,810 on the contracted-for price and Servellon, in exchange, performed little to no work.
According to the Arizona AGO’s December 2015 Indictment stemming from the eight cases, Servellon was charged with 11 counts; including two counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices (Class 2 Felony), five counts of Theft (Class 6 Felony), two counts of Theft (Class 5 Felony), and two counts of Theft (Class 3 Felony).