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A Phoenix-area man accused of skipping out on contracting jobs after receiving payment and operating without a license was arrested in Southern California during a family wedding reception.

James Servellon, 48, formerly of the Phoenix and Mesa areas, was arrested July 29 in Lancaster, Calif., by members of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Probation Office and the Los Angeles Police Department. Servellon was apprehended after he left the wedding reception and attempted to retrieve an item from a vehicle in the parking lot.

PREVIOUSLY: Unlicensed contractor goes on run after fraud, theft indictment

The Registrar of Contractors’ office said it investigated 36 cases against Servellon since 2006. In 2015 alone, the agency probed nine cases and submitted eight to the office of the Arizona Attorney General for prosecution.

In the eight cases submitted for prosecution, Registrar of Contractor investigators found Servellon illegally contracted with homeowners for bathroom and kitchen countertop remodeling projects totaling $28,975.

Homeowners, mostly from Phoenix and the southeast Valley, paid $23,810 to Servellon, who performed little or no work, according to a spokesman for the agency. In many cases, Servellon advertised on Craigslist.

Servellon was the second person listed on the Arizona Registrar of Contractor’s most-wanted list to be arrested in a one-week period.

Robert Green, 37, formerly of Gilbert, was apprehended outside a restaurant and bar in Orlando on an arrest warrant issued in Maricopa County. He stands accused of collecting thousands of dollars for unfinished bathroom remodeling jobs and for operating without a license.

The full most-wanted list can be viewed at roc.az.gov/roc-wanted.

Reach the reporter at russ.wiles@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8616.

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