- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The licenses of two pool builders were suspended amid accusations that the companies abandoned work before it was completed, regulators said.

Paddock Pools and Cameo Pools left some homeowners with unfinished concrete holes in their backyards while others have nothing more than lines drawn on the ground, said Jeff Fleetham, director of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.

The agency said Monday it found at least 24 violations between the sister companies including abandonment and failure to perform work and take corrective actions.

“A swimming pool with water in it is dangerous enough when considering young children but a 12-foot hole with a concrete base or with piping run and no water can represent a far greater danger,” Fleetham said.

The agency suspended the licenses of Camelback Pools, which does business as Paddock Pools, and R.I.G. Construction, which does business as Cameo Pools. The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The companies cannot contract any new work except for the unfinished jobs the agency directs the firms to complete.

Paddock Pools is a Phoenix-based company established in 1958, according to its website. In 2014, the company combined with Cameo Pools and Cameo Landscapes, according to the site.

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors is investigating an additional 24 complaints filed against the companies within the last two months.

A hearing is scheduled June 19.

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