A man who portrayed himself as a licensed contractor bilked at least 10 homeowners out of up to $100,000 over remodeling work, Phoenix police said Thursday.
The case against Stewart Rooker, 42, began in March 2013 when several residents contacted Phoenix Police Officer Andrew Miller to complain about the man's work.
Miller began working with investigators from the Arizona State Registrar of Contractors and learned Rooker had been falsely portraying himself as a licensed contractor.
Five of his victims were in Phoenix. They reportedly lost $22,000.
In one case, a woman who had just lost her mother hired Rooker to remove old furniture from her home and purchase new appliances, according to Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes. The victim gave Rooker $3,150 for the work and the furniture was removed but the appliances were never brought or installed, Holmes said.
Investigators discovered Rooker started his alleged predatory behavior long before the Phoenix Police Department became involved. Rooker had been fined several times for contracting without a license.
Holmes said police detectives learned Rooker even used the valid contractor's license number of another person to steal.
Rooker was arrested on Thursday on a Grand Jury warrant and booked into jail on charges of fraud schemes and ID theft.
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