Two more names have been added to the list of the top 10 most wanted illegal contractors in Nevada. Kenneth Dick is accused of contracting without a license. He works for All American Service Corporation. Also on the list is William Valetine Reiser. He's accused of contracting without a license, diversion of funds, use of a false permit and obtaining money under false pretenses. These men are just two on a list of contractors wanted on felony warrants.
Eyewitness News visited the home of one of the people who says they were ripped off by an unlicensed contractor. One wall should have been torn down and extended further out for an extra bedroom. But instead, the wall is still there and the room that should have been built is not. This is one of many cases where a homeowner has turned victim to contractors in Nevada.
Adrianne Kelley said, "I wanted it to be extended because I had this slab. We were going to add a room on and have this big closet added."
Kelley is retired and wanted to remodel her home after she ran out of closet space. She found who she thought was a licensed contractor through a recommendation, but the work was never done. Kelley said, "I will need $15,000 and he said sure no problem because I've had people remodel my house before.
A copy of the check for more than $15,000 is all Adrianne has left. "I'm a widow on a pension. I feel he was taking advantage of me. He knew exactly what he was doing."
George Lyford is an inspector with the Nevada State Contractors Board. He says a variety of things could happen if an unlicensed contractor is caught. "It's up to the judge -- restitution to the home owner, pay back the investigation cause, jail time may also be imposed.
Any of which would work for Adrianne Kelley. "I want my money back, see him in jail, so he won't do this to anybody else. This is terrible to take advantage of older people," she said.
If the state board hears of a licensed contractor who is not doing their job, the board then meets with the homeowner and contractor to fix the problem. If it continues, the board does have the option of pulling that contractors license.
The Top 10 List on the Nevada State Contractors Board's website does not include contractors whose licenses have been pulled, but only those who are working illegally. The board always recommends you contact them directly, at 486-1100 to avoid falling victim.
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