Recently, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office had received several citizen complaints regarding incomplete and substandard home repairs.
It was discovered through investigation, that the repairs done on these homes were performed by unlicensed contractors. These inadequate repairs ranged from improper electrical wiring to roofs being removed and not replaced, subjecting the occupants to a myriad of safety issues, and the financial impact of repeating the planned work.
To combat these, and future violations, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit, with assistance from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, and the Hernando County Building Division, prepared a plan to identify and arrest these offenders.
In an effort to protect our community, on March 5th and March 7 th, the Economic Crimes Unit conducted an operational plan targeting unlicensed contractors.
Over the course of two days, 11 unlicensed contractors responded to a home within the county and agreed to perform work on the residence without the proper licensure. At the conclusion of the plan, warrants were issued for the arrest of all 11 unlicensed contractors.
At this time, 9 of the 11 unlicensed contractors have been apprehended.
Those arrested so far are as follows:
Action Jackson, LLC – Todd Jackson W/M DOB/02-14-1986
C’s Handyman – Charles Weaver W/M DOB/06-05-1955
C’s Handyman – Robert Walsh W/M DOB/10-13-1960
Everything is Perfect – Scott Godleski W/M DOB/11-22-1957
Leroy’s Handyman Services – Leroy Mrozinski W/M DOB/10-16-1965
Luke’s Handyman Services – David Lukens W/M DOB/5-25-1958
Martins Property Management, LLC – Adam Martin W/M DOB/12-04-1990
Robert Swartley Handyman Services – Robert Swartley W/M DOB/08-11-1966
United Homes Solutions – George Kidd W/M DOB/03-29-1972
Warrants remain active for:
Sterling Handyman Repair – Robert Burdett W/M DOB/10-17-1986
Southern Home Services & Remodeling – Ricky Alfonso W/M DOB/08-04-1993
Legal, licensed contractors are required to possess specific licenses, demonstrating the proficiency and safety required by best practice guidelines. Unlicensed contractors are not bound by the same conditions and can jeopardize the safety of your family, the integrity of your home, and are often uninsured. Remember, hiring a professional, licensed contractor is an investment in one of your largest investments, your home.