Several disappointed and discouraged homeowners in Phoenix are speaking out after they say they were scammed by a lying and deceptive contractor.
The victims say that the man in question accepted tens of thousands of dollars for work he never finished. The unlicensed contractor has ditched homes, leaving them in a disarray while worried owners try to get in touch with him to no avail.
Although the contractor seemed reputable at first, it all turned to be a scam, with promises of quality craftsmanship and a great team left unfulfilled.
The contractor, apparently named Alvaro Antonio Ozuna, boasted about his rapid remodeling and paving. The victims say he seemed very knowledgeable and convincing, and his smart and professional appearance threw them off.
After handing over lots of money for the work to be done, homeowners say Ozuna began making excuses and telling stories about why materials aren’t available or why he wasn’t coming to work that day.
Before long, he stopped showing up entirely and went off the grid. With his phone off and customers’ numbers blocked, it seemed like a lost cause. The victims went to the Arizona Registrar of Contractors to file a complaint. The office has already looked into the complaint and confirmed a lot of money was stolen, and the case has been submitted it for prosecution.
The registrar has received several complaints about this appalling behavior. Ozuna failed to show up for a July 11 arraignment hearing in McDowell Mountain Justice Court to face the charge of ‘Contractor Acting Without A License.’
The victims are hoping that he will be caught and face justice for the crimes he has committed, so that nobody else has to go through this pain and stress.
To protect yourself, it’s in your best interests to confirm a contractor had a valid license before hiring them.
You can check the license or file a complaint with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors on the official website HERE.