A Chandler man is in custody after months of evading sentencing in relation to using the names and license numbers of licensed contracting companies in order to obtain work.
According to a release from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, Brett Roberts, 54, was arrested on 13 warrants the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 13 by the Gilbert Police Department.
Two of those warrants were issued by the Maricopa County Superior Court after Mr. Roberts failed to appear at sentencing hearings scheduled for Feb. 7, 2019, and related to ROC investigations. The hearings come after Mr. Roberts pleaded guilty to two counts of taking the identity of another on Sept. 25 in two separate cases.
The charges stemmed from two separate ROC investigations that found Mr. Roberts was using the names and license numbers of licensed contracting companies to represent himself as a licensed contractor and get work.
The ROC says Mr. Roberts has never been a licensed contractor in the State of Arizona and is known to take money for projects and abandon the job.
Mr. Roberts was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on bonds and fees totaling over $30,000. He is scheduled to appear in the Maricopa County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.
The ROC investigated 11 cases against Mr. Roberts, DBA Crosstown Brothers Heating & Air, Crosstown Heating and Cooling and Property Investments Inc since 2007 and all 11 cases were submitted for prosecution review.
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. In these cases, the homeowner is often out of luck. The 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 by giving the ROC a call at 1-877-692-9762.