Tempe contractor fined $1.3M for revoked license

Posted at 10:26 AM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 19:01:01-04

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZROC) announced a $1.28 million fine against a Valley man accused of repeatedly operating air-conditioning and home service companies illegally.

Ronald Dew, 59 of Tempe, was cited for nearly 500 violations. All are connected to Acclaim Air LLC, a company investigators say was being managed by Dew.

His contracting license was revoked in 2011 after investigators found that his company Abode Air LLC trained employees to deliberately sabotage HVAC equipment and charge for unnecessary parts.

The AZROC says one month after that revocation, Dew began illegally operating another company, ACME Home Services LLC.

When the company eventually applied for a license, investigators say it used the information of Dew's 92 year-old father, William Dew.

The elder Dew had apparently signed over power of attorney to his son, allowing him to run the company. That application was denied.

In it's current case the AZROC says it has issued citations against Ron Dew, ACME Home Services, and Acclaim Air accusing them of an ongoing conspiracy to evade Arizona contracting law.

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