Guerra was arrested earlier this month by Reno police on warrants issued from the Washoe County and Douglas County sheriffs’ offices. The police responded to a tip from an NSCB investigator.
Guerra, who had been allegedly advertising deck installation services on Craig’s List, responded to a call from an NSCB investigator. When confronted by the investigator, Guerra fled, but was later located and given a citation. He admitted that Jaime Orellana was an alias.
The alleged unlicensed contractor previously appeared in Reno Justice Court on Dec. 19, 2007, and pled no contest to contracting without a license. A warrant was later issued on Guerra on July 17, 2008, for non payment of fines and investigative costs.
From a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office booking photo, taken of Jaime Orellana on Aug. 22, 2008, for DUI reckless driving, an NSCB investigator was able to match it with Guerra’s photograph.
Contracting without a license in Nevada is a misdemeanor for the first offense, a gross misdemeanor for the second offense and a Class E felony for the third offense. Homeowners who use unlicensed contractors are not eligible for the Residential Recovery Fund, and by law their contracts are null and void.
Consumers can check whether a contractor is licensed by calling (702)486-1100 in southern Nevada, or 688-1141 in northern Nevada. License checks can also be conducted on the NSCB website at www.nscb.state.nv.us