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It appears a contractor operating without a license has collectively bilked at least seven Los Alamos homeowners out of some $46,000 in cash.
“The county got complaints and code enforcement looked into it,” said County Code Enforcement Officer Marshall Smith during an interview Friday.
“We did the leg work and turned the information over to the New Mexico Construction Industries Division (CID) and the local police.”
Smith explained that he originally noticed work being done on a residence this summer.
“I went up there and talked to the individual and saw he didn’t have a permit so I shut the job down,” he said. “Other homeowners came forward and said the individual has taken monies from them and did nothing or little work.”
The contractor’s license expired in 1999, he said.
It took this long to piece it all together, Smith said, and he turned his findings over to the local police and to Wayne Dotson, chief of the Investigation and Compliance Bureau of CID and under the Office of the Chief Counsel, Julie Ann Meade.
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