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Six Collier County Contractors Cited in Surprise Sweep

10/15/2007

CONTACT: Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE—Investigators from the Department of Financial Services, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Compliance, issued six Stop Work Orders (SWOs) during a surprise enforcement sweep last week of 39 contractor sites throughout Collier County.  The SWOs were issued to contractors determined not to have workers’ compensation coverage for their employees.
 
Dubbed Operation Check Point, the sweep also involved inspectors and investigators from Collier County Licensing, who issued 11 citations, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, who issued three citations and two Cease and Desist Orders, all for unlicensed activity.
 
“Our commitment is to ensure Floridians are protected and that contractors are properly licensed and insured to provide services,” said Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who oversees the Department of Financial Services (DFS).  “By working together with local and state agencies, we are able to conduct a comprehensive investigation that allows us to take quick and decisive action.”
 
Operation Check Point, which took place Thursday, included work sites in eastern and western Collier County, the city of Naples, and Marco Island. DFS investigators issued SWOs to the following contractors, determined to be in violation of Chapter 440: 

Collier County Custom Concrete, LLC
Amarildo A. Adriano
Roman Zet, DBA ZetFrame, Inc.
L & J Clean Up, Inc.
Professional Wood Installation, Inc.
Architectural Cabinets & Millwork LLC
 
These employers will be required to secure workers’ compensation coverage and pay a fine 1.5 times the evaded premiums or $1,000, whichever is greater, before resuming work.  For more information about the Division of Workers’ Compensation and workers’ compensation requirements, call 850-413-1609 or log on to www.MyFloridaCFO.com/wc.
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.