Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation "Stings" Unlicensed Contractors
December 2, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Regulation conducted a sting this week that targeted unlicensed contractors performing electrical and/or construction work in the Jacksonville area. As a result of the sting, seven individuals in Duval County provided verbal and written estimates to Department investigators and will be served cease and desist notices or citations which will be forwarded to the local State Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Investigators received advertisements from internet sites where the following unlicensed individuals were offering their services that require a state license:
Jeffrey Shondell Acker, age 39;
Ricky Catanzaro, age 42;
Robert Thomas Geis, age 44;
John Stanley Gough, age 51;
Donald Ray Harris, age 58;
Daniel Peter Hays, age 52; and
Samuel Schneider, age 63.
The Department’s Division of Regulation is the enforcement authority for the professional boards and programs that fall under Department jurisdiction. One of the Division’s goals is to bring unlicensed individuals into compliance with state law.
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 veterinarians to accountants, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.