As a result, nine individuals were arrested and charged with various citations for operating without a license. Two of those were identified on AZ ROC's "top most wanted list." Five more were criminally and civilly cited.
Many of the individuals were advertising on Craigslist and handing out business cards promoting private websites.
The operation in Arizona served as part of a larger nationwide "sting" planned in coordination with the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies.
The nearly two week sting operation was planned and executed using sting houses and targeted sweeps. The arrest operations target repeat offenders contracting without a license, who also possessed outstanding warrants. The nearly two week sting operation was planned and executed by AZ ROC investigators who were working with local law enforcement agencies in Cochise, Maricopa (Phoenix Police Department), Pima, and Yuma (Sheriff’s Office and Police Department) counties.
Director of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors Jeff Fleetham stated, “Individuals and entities performing contracting work illegally and without a license place the public at risk and effectively steal millions from Arizona’s hardworking, law-abiding contractors and their employees. AZ ROC proudly participates in this annual, nationwide sting and I thank each of our law enforcement partners, who everyday assist our investigators in curbing unlicensed activity throughout Arizona.”
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