Taking place between Saturday, August 4 to Monday, August 6, this secret operation took place on 54th avenue near 27th street in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The deputies put out advertisements asking for contracting help. When the operation was over, 29 people were arrested for over 60 counts including unlicensed specialty contracting violations, worker’s compensation fraud, and various other criminal charges unrelated to unlicensed contracting such as drug possession and outstanding warrants.
What is unlicensed contracting? It is exactly what it sounds like. After the local newspaper wrote a 2017 expose on the practice of painters, roofers and other construction practices working on people’s homes without the proper license, the Sheriff was quick to get involved. This has been his third sting since last October and he claims that south Pinellas is a hotbed for this illegal activity.
Have you or a loved one been arrested for unlicensed contracting or a criminal charge? Then call the law offices of Blake & Dorsten, P.A. today. These former prosecutors are experienced criminal defense lawyers.
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