Comments by: Henry Staggs
Taking money and not doing the job is THEFT
The headline reads "Sedona Man Arrested On A Failure To Appear Warrant On Theft Charges," and I like how they said that. I have the opinion that taking money for a job and then not doing it is, in fact, THEFT. What else would you call it? Vasile Nagy running a "company" he called Nagy Construction Services, took around $18,000 for various home repairs and did not do the work.
Vasile Nagy was arrested at around 1:20 p.m. at his home without incident. Nagy Construction Services faces a theft charge after an investigation by the Arizona Registrar Of Contractors found took nearly 18-thousand dollars to make home repairs, including fixing a roof leak and installing flooring, in a newly purchased home in Sedona
He told the homeowner he did the work, took the money and ran off. The work was not done. And they had been ripped off. Makes a call to the ROC, and they went to work, found the guy, and had him arrested. It seems that people either don't know or forget that contracting without a license is a crime.
Was he a handyman?
Oh yeah? That ole' handyman exemption so-called loophole. It is incredible how many people think that the handyman exemption lets them do whatever they want. I went out of my way to hunt down an attorney who would write an article for this site about that very thing. The handyman exemption and how it relates to the roofing world here in Arizona. Worth a read to be sure.
The AZ ROC says any home or property owners who hire someone to do the work, and the entire project is over one-thousand dollars or requires a permit by the city, a license is required by law.
He is a legit company
What I mean is that he has an LLC set up, and he is good standing. So that means he had the foresight to try to protect his assets by setting up and LLC. But I am not sure that anyone can rip people off and then use their LLC as a scapegoat to get away with it. If you ask me any LLC do with contracting should be on hold pending a license with the ROC, and if the person's license has been revoked, so should their LLC be revoked. I am not a lawyer, and I don't understand how that all works. All I do know is that things need to change; we can't keep allowing these con men to rip off owners making the industry look bad.
Why does this matter to you?
I got sick some years ago, so ill that I could not work, which meant no money. I ended up having to sell my house and live a double in a trailer park. And for a few months, it was so bad; we had to rely on food stamps. All things I swore would never happen to me, and yet they did. While that was happening, this roofer I know said, "I saw some guy in the grocery store buying steaks with food stamps. That's MY money he's spending," and he went on to say that believed he should have the right to tell that guy what he could and could not buy since he paid taxes. I suggested he should be more humble; after all, it could happen to any of us. He said, "No, never me," as I said for years.
Anyone of us could find ourselves on the wrong end of a bad deal; it happens. All we can do is be as informed as possible and do our best to make sure we are vetting our contractors as best we can and taking every precaution to make sure we don't get ripped off. And in spite of all that, if it does happen. Call the ROC, and perhaps you will be reading about the thief who stole from you on this web site.
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Henry Staggs, RRO
Roof Consultant and Roofing Industry Advocate