OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City man has been charged with a criminal misdemeanor for breaking a relatively new law designed to regulate roofing contractors.
James Taylor, 47, was recently charged for failing to register as a roofing contractor, as required, in the state of Oklahoma.
The focus of the complaint was a roofing job Taylor allegedly did at 3600 Steven Court in Edmond last year.
According to the homeowner, the roof leaked after it was installed and the contractor split after he was paid.
The homeowner filed a complaint with the State Construction Industries Board.
The CIB was the agency charged with collecting such complaints according to a 2010 statute.
However, the CIB is not lawfully allowed to investigate complaints.
They have resources to investigate plumbing and electrical complaints but not roofing complaints.
So, the CIB turns over their evidence to the District Attorney in the county where the complaint originated.
The tricky part about the way this 2010 law was set up is that Oklahoma D.A.'s offices don't have the investigative resources to look into these matters either.
"They don't understand what investigative resources we have for this purpose and we don't have any for this purpose," Construction Industries Board Administrator Janis Hubbard said.
There are 1700 registered roofers in Oklahoma registered with the CIB.
Registered roofers pay a $75-per-year fee to operate in the state.
The rest of the contractors are operating illegally and they are unlikely to be caught.
There have been efforts at the State Capitol to put some additional teeth in the registration law.
So far all of those efforts have failed.
We contacted the defense attorney listed as Taylor's representation in the court paperwork.
The attorney did not return our calls for comment.