Multi-Agency Unlicensed Contractor Sting in Manatee County Nets 11 Arrests
Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413- 2842
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Financial Services today announced the recent arrest of 11 individuals in Manatee County for unlicensed contracting and engaging in construction work without workers’ compensation insurance. The Division of Insurance Fraud, in partnership with the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Holmes Police Department and Manatee County Code Enforcement executed the sting over a three-day period, calling for contractors to perform services at an uninhabited home in Manatee County.
All defendants were charged with unlicensed contracting and workers’ compensation fraud. Each was also fined by local code enforcement and issued a Cease and Desist order by DBPR. They are:
• Jarrod David Roan
• Michael Dean Mosley II
• Julian Lowell Culbreath
• Lee Entler
• Ernest Alexis
• Franklin Nelson Childress
• Warren Edward Howard
• James Mark Todd
If convicted, the arrested individuals face up to five years prison for each workers’ compensation charge and an additional year for a first time unlicensed contractor charge or five years for repeat offenders.
Workers’ compensation fraud is one of many types of insurance fraud. Anyone with information about suspected insurance fraud is asked to call 1-800-378-0445. Citizens who provide tips can remain anonymous. The Department of Financial Services has awarded nearly $350,000 to nearly 60 citizens as part of its Anti-Fraud Reward Program. The program rewards individuals up to $25,000 for information that directly leads to an arrest and conviction in an insurance fraud scheme.
Florida law sets specific rules and guidelines for obtaining professional licensure, and the people who have met these requirements are held to professional standards. Consumers can verify professional licenses online at www.myfloridalicense.com
. Additionally, Floridians should report any suspected unlicensed activity by emailing ULA@myfloridalicense.com
, calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1-866-532-1440 or by downloading the DBPR Mobile app.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).