Friday, November 08, 2013

Crackdown On Southwest Florida Unlicensed Contractors

21 Individuals Cited For Having No Contractor's License
CAPE CORAL, FL. -- The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation this week announced the conclusion of a week-long sting targeting unlicensed contractors in the Cape Coral area. 

Working together with the City of Cape Coral local licensing department, investigators identified 21 individuals through advertisements and consumer complaints who were publicly offering to perform professional services that require a state of Florida license. 

The operation was part of ongoing local and statewide efforts to protect and educate Florida’s consumers on the dangers of doing business with unlicensed individuals.

The following individuals were issued a Cease and Desist Notice for offering or advertising to perform contracting work without a license:

Robert Cicarelli, 28, Ft. Myers;
Thomas M. Moore, 44, Cape Coral;
Keith W. Nichols, 57, North Fort Myers;
Omar Alvarez, 57, Ocala;
William W. Lawry, 63, Cape Coral;
Edwin J. Castro, 43, Cape Coral;
Joseph Merola, 27, Cape Coral;
Troy Nelson, 50, Cape Coral;
Mark Addy, 52, Cape Coral;
Bruce Anthony, 78, Cape Coral;
Michelle Waldron, 33, Cape Coral;
Stacey Ray Abernathy, 53, Cape Coral;
Rick Vontoc, 56, North Fort Myers;
Tommy J. Bivona, 54, North Fort Myers;
Gerald T. Snow, 54, Fort Myers;
Robert Barter, 67, Fort Myers;
Joe Baker, 58, Fort Myers;
Lorn Bovill, 49, Cape Coral;
Samaroo Keshore, 40, Cape Coral;
Marc Miller, 36, Cape Coral;
Robert Reinert, 55, Fort Myers

Each individual as well as the information which resulted in the issuance of the Cease and Desist Notices will be forwarded to the local State Attorney’s Office.

Unlicensed activity occurs when an individual offers to perform or performs services that require a state license and the individual does not hold the required license. 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

Unlicensed activity is illegal and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges if an individual is convicted. Floridians should report any suspected unlicensed activity by emailing or calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1-866-532-1440. The individuals involved in the sting operation will be referred to the local state attorney’s office for criminal prosecution.

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