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March 2017


Jacksonville man charged with unlicensed contracting, fraud, grand theft

03/29/2017 - http://www.news4jax.com/

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- A Jacksonville man is accused of entering into construction contracts with customers and taking their money without doing jobs he agreed to do, or refunding them.

Darren Lee was arrested Monday on one count of organized fraud, four counts of grand theft and four counts of unlicensed contracting, according to the State Attorney's Office.

Police said complaints about Lee, 50, started pouring in between September and November.



Action 9 investigates unlicensed contractor blamed for creating fire hazard

03/27/2017 http://www.wftv.com/

ORLANDO,Fla.- An Orlando woman claims a contractor hired to repair an electrical problem instead created a fire hazard.

The contractor fixed a controversial power panel that most experts say has to be replaced. Action 9's Todd Ulrich could not find a state contractor's license and said these kinds of contractors can be very risky.

Sharron King needed an electrician, and hired T & T Electrical from Craigslist. But after owner Tim Martin finished repairs, King said her

house could have burned down.



BBB: Don't let your guard down at home shows

03/03/2017 http://www.news4jax.com/

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- There's a consumer alert for people heading to the Jacksonville Home and Patio Show this weekend.

Though local home shows are a great opportunity to shop and gather ideas for home improvement, it is important to attend the show with a plan in mind, the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Florida advised.

“Your home is likely your most valuable asset, so educating yourself about the process of hiring a contractor is an important step before you begin any home improvement project,” says Tom Stephens, president of BBB serving Northeast Florida and the Southeast Atlantic. “After last year's home show, we saw a situation where an unlicensed contractor devastated numerous families. BBB wants to make sure you hire someone you can trust.”



February 2017


How to find certified home inspectors and contractors

02/27/2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com

We recently had a question from a homeowner in Florida who had trouble finding an inspector or contractor who could help her figure out whether there had been any structural damage to a balcony that had been hit by a falling tree.

We want to address the issue of why home inspectors or perhaps contractors have balked at giving this homeowner some help.

As soon as the homeowner asked whether the contractors were licensed, insured and certified, they “disappeared.”


Cracking Down on Unlicensed Contractors

02/21/2017 http://www.nbcmiami.com/

If you’re hiring someone to do work on your home, do you take the time to check if they are licensed? Miami-Dade County says you should, especially since they say unlicensed contractors are a big problem in our area.

The problem is so prevalent that a few times a year, they join forces with Miami-Dade Police, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and other agencies to do unlicensed contractor stings.

NBC 6 Responds positioned several hidden cameras inside a vacant home, to capture what police described as a steady stream of unlicensed contractors. Two undercover police officers posed as homeowners looking to remodel the house.


City provides new options to report unlicensed contractors

02/15/2017 http://www.lehighacrescitizen.com/

Cape Coral's Code Compliance Division is providing direct links to report unlicensed contractors and unpermitted construction work. The city department has established a dedicated phone number and email address that citizens can use to alert the city to suspected illegal contracting and construction activity. The phone number is 239-242-3783, and the email is unlicensed@capecoral.net.
"Work performed by unlicensed contractors does not have proper permits and is not inspected to ensure compliance with state building codes, which can affect the safety and welfare of the homeowner," said Code Manager Richard Carr. "Unfortunately, the homeowner is the one who is liable for the additional costs associated with bringing shoddy, unpermitted work up to code."
The city also works with the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association to provide information about the importance of hiring licensed contractors, and checking their references and credentials.


January 2017


Man posing as real estate agent arrested

01/23/2017 http://www.fox13news.com

Clearwater - Plenty of people use websites like Craigslist to buy or sell homes, but authorities warn not everyone out there is who they say they are.

On Friday, police in Michigan arrested Kervin Moreno, a man accused of posing as a real estate agent and broker in Pinellas and Pasco counties.


Officials warn of possible storm damage cleanup scams

01/24/2017 http://www.bradenton.com/

Now that the winds have died down and the rain has passed, officials don’t want residents to become prey for scammers who may claim to clean up the mess last weekend’s storms left behind.

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office released a statement Tuesday warning Florida residents of possible scams. After the damaging storms, individuals may try to prey on the affected, according to the release.


Six arrested for contracting without a license

01/30/2017 http://www.wjhg.com/

WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE (Press Release) -A three-day operation leads to the arrest of six individuals for contracting without a license.

Walton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted a joint operation focusing on unlicensed contractors Wednesday through Friday last week. This operation began with a DBPR employee making contact with various suspects who were advertising services online. Appointments were set up with the suspects who would give estimates for their work in exchange for money.

Suspects would meet with undercover investigators at an arranged location and conduct an estimate. Once it was determined the suspect was operating as a licensed contractor without a valid contracting license they were stopped by units of the Walton County Sheriff's Office and issued a notice to appear. Each individual was also issued a cease and desist order from DBPR. This operation resulted in six subjects being issued NTAs.





















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