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State seeks contractor who bilked homeowners

State seeks contractor who bilked homeowners
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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF

A contractor who bilked Chandler and other homeowners out of more than $90,000 has been put on a wanted list by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.

Victor Omar Covarrubias, Jr., 45, was added last month to the agency’s Most Wanted Unlicensed Entities List.

He is wanted on charges filed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office including theft, a class 5 felony; taking identity of another, a class 4 felony; and contracting without a license, a class 1 misdemeanor in the Maricopa County Superior Court.

The charges stemmed from an AZ ROC investigation that found that Covarrubias swindled an elderly couple of $2,000 for a landscaping job he never started.

Covarrubias, Jr. is also wanted on three failures to appear in justice courts from 2017 and 2018. All three cases stem from AZ ROC investigations and one of his failed appearances was in Chandler.

Since 2014, AZ ROC investigated 14 unlicensed complaints against Covarrubias, Jr.

He is known to have operated under the business names of: Abrasive Pool Industries, Agua Azul Pool Service, Covarrs Pools LLC,  Aqua Marina Pools LLC,  Aqua Marina Pools & Landscaping LLC, and AZ Finest Pools.

Of the 14 investigations, nine were submitted for prosecution, three resulted in civil citations; including a total of $7,000 in civil penalties, and two are still being investigated.

AZ ROC’s investigations found Covarrubias, Jr. took a combined total of $90,645 from homeowners.

The agency said in exchange for the contracts and money for landscaping, pool repairs and pool builds, the homeowners received little or no work.

Between 2015 and 2016, the County Attorney’s office successfully prosecuted Covarrubias for contracting Without a License in four separate cases.

Covarrubias Jr., however, failed to appear in San Marcos Justice Court on Oct. 3, 2017 for a restitution hearing. He also failed to appear in the North Valley Justice Court in March 2018 and in the Arcadia Biltmore Justice Court in March 2018 on orders to show cause.

All three courts issued failure to appear warrants for his arrest.

State law requires a contractor be licensed through the Registrar of Contractors to legally perform construction or home repair and remodeling jobs having total project cost, including labor and materials, above $1,000 or requiring a building permit.

“Unlicensed contractors can endanger the health, safety and welfare of the public,” the agency said.

Information or to file a complaint: roc.az.gov or 602- 542-1525.

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