ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Fourteen people were arrested in an unlicensed contractor sting St. Johns County.
The suspects are accused of falsely identifying themselves as contractors, and a 15th suspect was charged with possession of cannabis.
The arrests were the result of a joint operation between the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators said the two-week operation called Piece of Cake targeted unlicensed contractors working and soliciting business in the county.
The suspects, including electricians, roofers and plumbers, were provided by the St. Johns County Building Department and the DBPR through complaints of unsatisfactory and unlicensed work, and various media advertisements soliciting work.
The 14 suspects returned bids by the end of last week and were given appointments to begin the projects this week, investigators said. They said when the suspects showed up for work Monday and Tuesday, arrest teams inside the home secured and arrested them.
Those arrested were Thomas Haller, 52; Andrew Atwell, 53; Christopher Davis, 45; Stephen Brown, 47; Danny Smith, 58; William Phillips Jr., 58; Daniel Underwood, 38; Clayton Acosta, 62; Gregory Gallarde, 53; Joshua Patterson, 39; Gordan Conrad, 53; Rickey Dalton, 51; Shannon Treadway, 43; and Roberto Soledad Jr., 22. Josue Soto, 24, was arrested on the drug charge.
Consumers can verify professional licenses with the DBPR online at www.myfloridalicense.com, by calling 850-487-1395, or by downloading the free DBPR Mobile app through iTunes or the Google Play store.
Unlicensed activity is illegal and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges if an individual is convicted.
Floridians are asked to report any suspected unlicensed activity by email at ULA@dbpr.state.fl.us, or calling the unlicensed activity hotline at 866-532-1440.
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