TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), in cooperation with Columbia, Flagler and Volusia County Sheriffs’ Offices as well as various cities and townships, conducted three undercover stings during the month of June as part of the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies’ (NASCLA) nationwide initiative targeting unlicensed contractors. State agencies from Arizona, California, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah and Washington also participated.
DBPR’s successful multi-agency efforts resulted in 10 Arrests, 7 Notices to Appear, 5 Charging Affidavits, 1 Citation, 36 Cease & Desist Orders and 56 additional cases to be opened against unlicensed subjects who advertised their services to perform that of a State Licensed Contractor. In addition, all of the unlicensed activity cases will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s office for possible criminal prosecution.
NASCLA’s initiative provided an opportunity to protect and educate consumers, deter illegal construction activity and level the playing field for honest, hardworking professionals in the construction industry on a national level.
“Combating unlicensed activity requires innovative, creative solutions and partnerships between state and local government,” said DBPR Secretary Jonathan Zachem. “I would like to thank NASCLA for partnering with us on this important initiative to educate consumers across the country about the dangers of unlicensed contractors.”
To view the entire release from NASCLA, please visit http://www.nascla.org/blogpost/1535522/279506/NASCLA-ANNOUNCES-2017-NATIONAL-COORDINATED-ENFORCEMENT-EFFORT.