AJ man arrested on outstanding warrant concerning contracting without a license

Joseph Larned (Courtesy AJPD)

Joseph Larned (Courtesy AJPD)

Joseph Larned, 63, of Apache Junction, was arrested Nov. 23 by Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies on an outstanding warrant. The warrant stemmed from a case in which he pleaded guilty to contracting without a license after it was discovered he was using his former employer’s contracting license, according to a press release from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.

In January, the registrar’s office received a complaint against Mr. Larned. AZ ROC investigators said while Mr. Larned was conducting business as Solutions Plus Plumbing, he entered into a contract with a resident of Apache Junction for $6,000 in March 2014.

According to an AZ ROC official departmental report, investigators learned the suspect failed to disclose his unlicensed status and used an ROC number from a previous employer on his proposal. Records indicated this led the victim to initially believe Mr. Larned was a properly licensed contractor. Records show, however, that a check of AZ ROC’s database revealed no current or prior licenses for Mr. Larned or his company and there were no pending applications, according to the release.

The case was submitted to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for prosecution for contracting without a license. Arizona Public Access records for the case No. CR-20150184 indicate a plea agreement was reached in May 2015.

These records also indicate a post-adjudicated warrant was issued for Mr. Larned on Sept. 9, 2015, and, though no date appears on public access, a second count of failure to appear is listed in the citation, according to the release.

Mr. Larned was being held in the Pinal County jail on a $5,130 cash bond.

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office reminds the public that people are innocent unless found otherwise by a court of law.

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