Two months ago Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced a program dubbed the Construction Licensing Investigative Unit in an effort to help the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board crack down on unlicensed contractors.
Tuesday morning, twenty roofers, painters, and others working in the construction industry - all of whom were unlicensed, working without workers' compensation, or accused of fraud - were rounded up by Pinellas County deputies.
"I care about holding these people responsible for wreaking havoc on citizens. Frankly, this is the tip of the iceberg. We've only been at this for a few months." Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said, per the Tampa Bay Times.
It doesn't pay to be an unlicensed contractor in Pinellas County this morning. pic.twitter.com/4JiIDtQgRV
— Pinellas SO (@SheriffPinellas) October 17, 2017
Apart from the Sheriff's office, the actions involved representatives from the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office, the Pinellas County Consumer Protection Department and licensing board.
Charges levied against the suspects include unlicensed contracting, grand theft, grand theft of a person over 65, and workers compensation fraud.