St. Johns, Fla.– The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today issued a consumer advisory after the Division of Regulation successfully conducted a sting operation targeting unlicensed individuals in the St. Johns County area. The unlicensed individuals were issued Notices to Cease and Desist for offering to perform electrical and construction services that require a state-issued professional license.
DBPR cautions consumers in the St. Johns County area of the following unlicensed individuals:
- Neftali J. Maldonado, age 36
- Jack Harvey Fosler, age 67
- Michael Leon Johns, age 44
- William Edward Haast III, age 62
- Charles V Priano, age 53
- Christopher Allen Bravo, age 29
- Richard Vazquez, age 44
- Gary Graham, age 65
- Osborn Blount III, age 53
- Terrance Alexander Missick, age 64
- Paul Timothy Hopper, age 54
- Darryl William Baker, age 54
Consumers should always verify licenses prior to hiring contractors for any electrical and construction work requiring a state-issued license. Licenses can be verified by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com, calling (850) 487-1395 or downloading the free DBPR Mobile app available in the iTunes and Google Play app stores.
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 holds the people who have met these requirements to high professional standards. Floridians are asked to report any suspected unlicensed activity to DBPR by emailing ULA@myfloridalicense.com or by calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1 (866) 532-1440.