Unlicensed Arizona contractor Edward Carrillo Jr. has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars through a Scottsdale roofing and pool-repair scam, according to the Arizona Attorney General.
In May 2016, the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and the Attorney General's Office launched an investigation after a homeowner paid Carrillo approximately $15,000 for roofing and pool repairs that never were completed.
Carrillo falsely claimed to own a roofing company and used another legitimate roofing company’s license.
In November 2016, he was charged with seven felony counts including fraud, identity theft, money laundering, forgery and criminal impersonation.
In April 2018, Carrillo pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent schemes. He has two previous felony convictions for fraudulent schemes.
Carrillo also was ordered to pay restitution to the homeowner. The amount is still to be determined by a judge.
In January, unlicensed Arizona contractor James Servellon, who went on the run after he was indicted on theft and fraud charges in 2015, was sentenced to 3¾ years in prison and four years of probation.
Servellon was on the Registrar of Contractors’ “Most Wanted” list. He was convicted in scamming several Valley families by offering to do home remodeling projects for upfront payments and then abandoning the jobs, according to the Arizona Attorney General's Office.
He is accused of taking more than $13,000 from one elderly victim who paid for remodeling services and invested in Servellon's business.
Servellon was arrested at a California wedding on July 29, 2017. He has been ordered to pay more than $23,000 in restitution to his victims.
Contractors must be licensed with the registrar in Arizona.
Those licenses are public information that can be checked by anyone looking to hire a builder. Complaints against builders also can be filed with the Registrar of Contractors.