Unlicensed contractor pleads guilty

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A unlicensed contractor pleaded guilty to charge after his arrest last month for scamming a homeowner out of over $5,000.

Jairo Aparicio, 56, of Glendale, pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to contracting without a license, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Encanto Justice Court.

The charges stemmed from a 2016 Arizona Registrar of Contractors’ investigation that found Mr. Aparicio was paid $5,410 by a Phoenix homeowner for a home remodeling project. Some work was started but the project was never finished. The ROC submitted the case for prosecution in September 2016. However, Mr. Aparicio failed to appear for the arraignment hearing and a warrant was issued.  On Sept. 19, Mr. Aparicio was arrested by the Goodyear Police Department during a traffic stop.

He was fined $1,030. A restitution hearing is Dec. 18.

Another case is pending adjudication in the Maricopa County Superior Court against Mr. Aparicio for two counts of theft, a Class 3 Felony and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, a Class 2 Felony.

In total, the ROC investigated 11 complaints involving him, including the case he pleaded guilty in and the case currently with the Superior Court. All 11 cases were submitted for prosecution review and charging; two cases received declinations, one was dismissed, he pleaded guilty in five and was found guilty in one.

The 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 and the homeowner is out of luck.

The ROC reminds property owners to ask contractors of their license status and to check the license by using the ROC website or giving them a call.

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