Unlicensed contractor criminally charged

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- It's kind of hard to forget a guy like Roger Stowe. 3 On Your Side caught up with him when he was put in handcuffs and detained by Phoenix Police back in October for an outstanding arrest warrant that he had.

Well, it turns out Roger Stowe is back in trouble again.  

3 On Your Side has learned the unlicensed contractor has now been charged with felony theft and contracting without a license for allegedly ripping off Joe Neuheisel.

Neuheisel told 3 On Your Side he's glad criminal charges have finally caught up with Stowe.

"I'm pleased.  I still haven't gotten my money back but at least he won't be able to take advantage of other people," said Neuheisel.

You may recall in a previous 3 On Your Side report, Neuheisel told us he gave Stowe $3,600 to remodel his kitchen, but Stowe walked away with the money and did nothing.

Stowe has a history of scamming consumers, but it seems he keeps skirting the system.

For example, last month Charlie Mae Johnson gave Stowe $1,200, but Stowe walked off with the money before doing anything.

Sympathetic off duty Phoenix Police officers wound up volunteering to do the work that Stowe was paid to do.

Charlie Mae, of course, was grateful, telling us, "Oh they (police) are wonderful."

At the time, not much really happened to Stowe for reportedly walking off with the money.   Even a month earlier when I was able to steer police to Stowe on an outstanding arrest warrant, he was released.

Stowe's warrant was out of Yavapai County, but because Yavapai didn't want to come down to pick him up, he had to be let go.

However, with these new charges hanging over Stowe's head, consumers like Joe Neuheisel are optimistic something will finally be done.

Neuheisel had this warning to other consumers. 

"Watch out for what you are doing out there.  And if you have any work being done, get a licensed contractor," Neuheisel warned.

By the way, hats off to the Arizona Registrar of Contractors for spearheading the investigation on behalf of Neuheisel and getting the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to file criminal charges against Stowe.

As for Phoenix Police, they said they are still investigating Stowe and once they submit their case to the County Attorney's Office, Stowe could face additional criminal charges.