DBPR issues Cease and Desist Notices to several Southwest and Central Florida unlicensed contractors
November 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today announced the conclusion of a week-long sting targeting unlicensed contractors in the Cape Coral area. Working together with the City of Cape Coral local licensing department, investigators identified 21 individuals through advertisements and consumer complaints who were publicly offering to perform professional services that require a state of Florida license. The operation was part of ongoing local and statewide efforts to protect and educate Florida’s consumers on the dangers of doing business with unlicensed individuals.
The following individuals were issued a Cease and Desist Notice for offering or advertising to perform contracting work without a license:
Robert Cicarelli, 28, Ft. Myers;
Thomas M. Moore, 44, Cape Coral;
Keith W. Nichols, 57, North Fort Myers;
Omar Alvarez, 57, Ocala;
William W. Lawry, 63, Cape Coral;
Edwin J. Castro, 43, Cape Coral;
Joseph Merola, 27, Cape Coral;
Troy Nelson, 50, Cape Coral;
Mark Addy, 52, Cape Coral;
Bruce Anthony, 78, Cape Coral;
Michelle Waldron, 33, Cape Coral;
Stacey Ray Abernathy, 53, Cape Coral;
Rick Vontoc, 56, North Fort Myers;
Tommy J. Bivona, 54, North Fort Myers;
Gerald T. Snow, 54, Fort Myers;
Robert Barter, 67, Fort Myers;
Joe Baker, 58, Fort Myers;
Lorn Bovill, 49, Cape Coral;
Samaroo Keshore, 40, Cape Coral;
Marc Miller, 36, Cape Coral; and
Robert Reinert, 55, Fort Myers
Each individual as well as the information which resulted in the issuance of the Cease and Desist Notices will be forwarded to the local State Attorney’s Office.
Unlicensed activity occurs when an individual offers to perform or performs services that require a state license and the individual does not hold the required license. Florida law sets specific rules and guidelines for obtaining professional licensure, and the people who have met these requirements are held to professional standards. Consumers can verify professional licenses online at www.myfloridalicense.com.
Unlicensed activity is illegal and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges if an individual is convicted. Floridians should report any suspected unlicensed activity by emailing ULA@myfloridalicense.com or calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1-866-532-1440. The individuals involved in the sting operation will be referred to the local state attorney’s office for criminal prosecution.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
# # #
More information about DBPR is available online at www.myfloridalicense.com. Also, follow @FloridaDBPR on Twitter or Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Facebook for updates about license cycles, events and other