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Pahrump man allegedly bailed on contracting work after accepting down payments

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 17:48:57-04

The Nevada State Contractors Board is warning consumers about an unlicensed contractor that allegedly accepted large down payments for work, then bailed on the jobs.

61-year-old Donald Dean Guthrie, who advertises himself as "Don's Handyman Service," reportedly has three cases against him for obtaining money under false pretenses and contracting without a license in Pahrump. He's also been fined for a similar offense in Las Vegas in 2016.

According to three pending complaints over the past three months, Guthrie collected down payments ranging from $4,000 to $6,000, or about 40 to 72 percent of the project cost. In one case, a resident claimed Guthrie never started the job. And in a second incident, he allegedly completed one-third of the work before abandoning the project.

It's against the law for unlicensed persons to perform any construction project valued at $1,000 or more. If you see unlicensed construction activity, call the NSCB Unlicensed Contractor Hotline at 702-486-1160 or 775-850-7838.