Wednesday, November 19, 2014

20 unlicensed contractors arrested in sting operation.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s office recently arrested 20 unlicensed contractors in operation freelancer sting.

unlicensed air conditioning contractorUndercover detectives called various contractors and asked them to show up to a residence and quote a job.  As the contractors showed up, the DBPR database was checked to determine if they had a license.

Not only were these contractors unlicensed – but out of 20 contractors – 13 had prior criminal histories with a total of  91 prior felony charges and 89 prior misdemeanor charges.  A couple of the contractors showed up in possession of illegal substances, and 2 more were driving with suspended licenses.

This serves to illustrate that if you hire an unlicensed contractor you probably have at least a 50% chance of hiring a criminal.

Consumers can verify licenses with the DBPR online at, by calling 850-487-1395, or downloading the free DBPR Mobile app through iTunes or the Google Play store.

Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating is not only licensed and insured, but we use third party verification by Ask the Seal. Our employees are drug tested and have complete nationwide background checks on a regular basis. 

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