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    Release Number: 18-551

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 20, 2018
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Operation Bring Down The House

    Detectives arrested fifteen unlicensed contractors.
    • Wednesday
    • June 20, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Arrested:


    Alberto Elfi
    DOB: 12/22/1946
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    Andrew Barrett
    DOB: 02/27/1972
    DBA: Andrew Handyman Services
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    Brian Joseph Williams
    DOB: 12/17/1979
    DBA: The Honey Do Crew
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    Charles Richard Bates
    DOB: 10/23/1987
    DBA: That’s My Guy
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    David Lawrence Fickey
    DOB: 11/30/1986
    DBA: Dave Does It All
    Charge: Contracting Without a License



    Donald Edward Tucker
    DOB: 03/30/1963
    DBA: Rent A Husband, Rent A Handyman
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    Abdiel Gutierrez-Garcia
    DOB: 07/20/1995
    DBA: A-Z Home Solutions
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    Jay Gordon Schlottman Jr.
    DOB: 10/04/1977
    DBA: The Riverview Handyman
    Charge: Contracting Without a License



    Jose Rafael Echavarria-Calderon
    DOB: 01/24/1989
    DBA: JE Clear Pools
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    Jose Nabor Jaimes
    DOB: 03/30/1970
    DBA: Jaimes Handyman Services
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    Lance S. Brady
    DOB: 12/05/1967
    DBA: Lance’s Home Remodeling
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    Paul Gerard Gordon
    DOB: 05/16/1969
    DBA: 813 Handyman
    Charge: Felony Contracting Without a License (repeat offender)


    Taek Su Kim
    DOB: 07/05/1956
    DBA: Kim’s Plumbing
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    William Leonard Moore
    DOB: 01/31/1961
    Charge: Contracting Without a License


    Wilmer Yaner
    DOB: 01/31/1979
    DBA: Handyman Remodeling LLC
    Charge: Contracting Without a License

    Details:

    Between May 2018 and June 2018, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Construction Fraud Unit detectives initiated Operation Bring Down the House. Over a three-week period, 91 suspected unlicensed contractors were contacted from various Internet sources and complaints. These searches included popular websites such as Craig’s List, Yelp, Facebook, and Porch. Fifteen suspects were arrested during the operation, and charges are pending on an additional five suspects.

    During the covert operation, detectives received immediate estimates to provide regulated construction services which constituted unlicensed contracting. Additionally, the majority of these suspects attempted to make their services more enticing by offering to complete the work without the required building permits.

    Because construction plays such a crucial role in Florida, it is a strongly regulated industry. The Florida Building Code requires a person(s) involved in building, improving, and/or demolition of a public or private building or structure to first obtain the corresponding contractor license for the scope of the work to be completed; contractor licensing was established to determine trade competency, promote consumer confidence, and protect the safety of citizens.

    Unlicensed contractors can be appealing to consumers as they can offer services at a lesser cost. The unlicensed contractor is not regulated, their work and the materials used may be substandard, they provide no warranty, and the work is done without the required permits and inspections. These scenarios can cause costly repairs, code violations, and other liabilities.

    HCSO would like to thank the State Attorney’s Office, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Hillsborough County Building Department for assisting with this investigation.

    Notes:

    -Contract totals for the 15 suspects arrested: $110,250

    -Contract totals for the 5 suspects pending charges: $65,743

    -William Moore and Donald Tucker were involved in a previous HCSO sting operation.

    -Paul Gordon has eight previous charges of unlicensed contracting in Hillsborough and Pinellas County.
     

     

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