PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The search is on for an unlicensed contractor accused of stealing thousands of dollars from several Arizona families.
He's accused of accepting payment to provide remodeling services and the disappearing.
He's been indicted on theft and fraud charges and the Attorney General's Office is looking for him. There is now a warrant out for his arrest and authorities fear he may still working as an unlicensed contractor.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office has been looking for James Rafael Servellon for about three weeks, he's accused of taking more than $20,000 from eight victims.
"He will bid on a project to do a bathroom or kitchen, or some other remodeling project. He collects the money and then abandons the project," said Jeff Fleetham.
The Arizona Registrar of Contractors Office has been watching, and even placing Servellon on the top ten of the most wanted unlicensed contractors.
"These are people with multiple warrants, we have been investigating them for a while, and they seem to have the most egregious activities," said Fleetham.
According to the Attorney General's Office, Servellon is known to post advertisements on Craigslist, and many of his victims were elderly.
The indictment lists multiple counts of fraud and theft, and accuse Servellon of collecting thousands of dollars from victims, never completing the jobs, and never repaying the money.
If you have a big remodeling job, the registrar of contractors has this advice: "Never hire an unlicensed entity. There is no recourse for you through the registrar. If you hire a properly licensed professional through the State of Arizona, then you have recourse. Should your complaint come through you can reach the recovery fund, that is how it should go," said Fleetham.
The Attorney General's Office has reason to believe Servellon is still contracting without a license, possible under different names.
If you have any information on his location, call the AG's office or your local police.