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Unlicensed contractor abandons job, keeps $9K

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A remodeling job was a $12,500 project and the homeowner has already paid $9,000, but the unlicensed contractor she hired took all that money and abandoned the job. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A remodeling job was a $12,500 project and the homeowner has already paid $9,000, but the unlicensed contractor she hired took all that money and abandoned the job. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The total contract amount was just over $12,000 and Josie Thomas wrote a series of checks to David Bailey that amounted to $9,000. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The total contract amount was just over $12,000 and Josie Thomas wrote a series of checks to David Bailey that amounted to $9,000. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A remodeling job was a $12,500 project and the homeowner has already paid $9,000, but the unlicensed contractor she hired took all that money and abandoned the job.

His name is David Bailey and according to his Facebook page, he demands that you just "Do Your Job."

But according Josie Thomas, Bailey needs to follow his own advice.

"He is not doing his job. I thought that was quite ironic."

Back in July, Thomas hired Bailey to remodel the inside of her home. When she met him, she says he seemed knowledgeable.

"When I first met him I asked him if he was licensed and he said yes so we entered into a contract."

The total contract amount was just over $12,000 and Thomas wrote a series of checks to Bailey that amounted to $9,000.

For $9,000, Bailey did start the project and Thomas even took several photographs as he did some work. However, his work was short-lived and after just a few days Bailey stopped showing up.

As a result, she says her home is left in shambles.

“Everything has been started, absolutely nothing has been completed."

Thomas wound up filing complaints with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and the City of Tempe. A city inspector came out to her house and issued a "notice to comply." Thomas says that's because Bailey failed to get building permits and moved to the next remodeling phase without being inspected by the city.

"They want all of the walls that were covered up to be opened back again."

That's so inspectors can see if Bailey did things up to city code.

And it gets worse. Turns out, Bailey isn't even a licensed contractor like he said.

"We tried emailing and calling Dave Bailey numerous times but he never got back with us, so we went to his address listed on his invoice and it came back to this UPS store. It's not his business at all, this is where his mailbox is."

3 On Your Side also went to Bailey's home and after no one came to the front door we left a business card. He eventually called 3 On Your Side and actually claimed Thomas is to blame for not getting permits and then he hung up.

3 On Your Side reached out to the ROC, which tells us they have a history of complaints regarding Bailey dating back to 2014.

As a matter of fact, they say he took nearly $9,000 from three different homeowners.

As for Thomas, she wants to get her home back in order.

"I want my house back, I want my kids to have their bathroom back, I want them out of my bedroom, I want to get our lives back."

Again, the unlicensed contractor is under investigation by the Registrar of Contractors for allegedly ripping off other homeowners.

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

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He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

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Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

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