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The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of State Fire Marshal today announced the recent arrest of 51-year-old Thomas L Bennett Jr. on charges of first-degree arson and multiple counts of animal cruelty following a Gulfport fire that occurred June 3, 2016, in Pinellas County. A fire scene investigation revealed that Bennett allegedly intentionally set a Gulfport home on fire following a domestic dispute between himself and another resident of the Gulfport home.
Police busted eight men in an undercover sting that focused on unlicensed contractors.
The Florida Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced eight arrests following a multi-agency undercover workers’ compensation sting in Polk County. These eight individuals advertised their ability to perform wide-ranging plumbing and electrical work without proper licenses or training, and without having workers’ compensation coverage to protect their employees in the event of an accident or injury.