NAPLES — As part of a joint two-day operation, Collier County sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged nine men this week with submitting bids for home improvements without being properly licensed.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, members of the Sheriff’s Office’s Financial Crimes Bureau and Technical Equipment Unit, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and Collier County Community Development and Environmental Services-Contractor Licensing conducted an operation to identify persons advertising their services to perform electrical and plumbing work without the required licenses.
After it was determined that the contractors were not properly licensed, undercover regulation inspectors met with them individually to bid on residential electrical and plumbing work. Each of the contractors provided bids for the requested work. Deputies then arrested them on a charge of contracting without a license, a misdemeanor.
The following nine individuals were issued notices to appear in court and released:
Jirayr Ozboyaci, 63, of 12799 Kederson Circle, Fort Myers; Todd W. Schilling, 35, 3299 Megan Lane, No. 4, Naples; Ronnie James Huckabee, 53, 2280 Pineland St., Naples; Terrance Michael Rokosh, 45, 5490 25th Place S.W., Golden Gate; John D. Seibold, 59, 608 Gerald Ave., No. 226, Lehigh Acres; Dale Scott Samuels, 51, 4365 11th Ave. S.W., Golden Gate; Paul S. Slavin, 50, 2651 Grand Palm Drive, No. 204, Naples; Douglas E. Synowski, 43, 1997 Clark Court, Unit B, Naples; John Timothy Wortham, 48, 1200 22nd Ave. N., Naples.
Florida law requires that persons who want to perform general, building and residential construction to become licensed. Licensed contractors are required to be insured, meaning that if a homeowner hires an unlicensed contractor, they can also become liable for any injuries sustained during the job.
Checking a contractor’s license can be done online through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Web site. All consumers need to know is the contractor’s name.