A citizen is being credited with providing the tip that led to the arrest of one of the Nevada State Contractors Board's (NSCB) most wanted unlicensed contractors.
NSCB said James Gregg was placed on its Top 10 Most Wanted list on Jan. 8 after reports surfaced that he was performing a roofing scam in the Reno area. A warrant for his arrest was issued for obtaining money under false pretenses and contracting without a license.
The anonymous Nevada citizen was visiting family in Arizona when Gregg approached the family's home to solicit roofing services. The anonymous consumer recognized Gregg from Nevada media reports, declined his services and notified NSCB of his whereabouts.
"This case is a prime example of how information conveyed by the board through the media not only empowers consumers to make educated decisions, but equips them with the knowledge to protect themselves from becoming victimized by unscrupulous contractors," said NSCB Executive Officer Margi A. Grein. "We applaud the efforts of this consumer to take immediate action resulting not only in Gregg's arrest, but the prevention of harm to other homeowners."
Gregg is currently being held in Chandler, AZ, for non-related traffic offenses. The NSCB said Gregg would target seniors while traveling through neighborhoods, tell them they needed roof work and perform substandard work on their homes.
NSCB said the following are red flags for unscrupulous contractors:
Unable to provide a business card/contact information/contractor's license number.
Contractor has "extra" materials from a previous job.
Contractor solicits work because they noticed issues with your home.
Contractor asks to perform a free inspection, followed by a laundry list of repairs that need to be made.
Contractor does not want to put the agreement in writing.
Contractor demands cash payment.
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