Hillsborough County authorities say a months-long sting aimed at tracking down unlicensed construction contractors produced 118 arrests through the end of December.
The sting, which commenced in March of last year, involved deputies of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office who operated undercover as area homeowners. In the course of 9 months, deputies scheduled almost 200 appointments for repairs at five separate houses throughout the county. They say they contacted individuals they found on social media and online classified ads.
Along with statistics, the department released information about select defendants, including a 47-year-old man who told deputies he would install lighting and paint in a home for $1,100. Deputies say he did not have a contractor’s license at the time, as it had been revoked eight years prior for failing to complete a project and failing to meet the requirements for reinstatement given him by the disciplinary board.
In the course of the sting deputies arrested nine individuals they say repeatedly violated contractor licensing laws. Deputies arrested a 46-year-old man after he allegedly agreed to remodel several rooms and install tile throughout the bait home. They say they saw him again three months later at a different bait home where he allegedly agreed to paint its exterior.
As deputies noted, a second violation is a felony offense.
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