Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation and Cape Coral Police Department Arrest Two Unlicensed Contractors


CAPE CORAL–On Tuesday, July 6, 2010, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Cape Coral Police Department protected consumers by arresting two unlicensed air conditioning contractors. The two individuals, Thomas Milan Williams (41) and Eugene Laurence Gentsch (43), illegally advertised services on Craigslist.com. DBPR partnered with the CCPD to respond to numerous complaints about the advertisements.

It is important to note that Florida law requires air conditioning contractors be licensed by DBPR. Unlicensed activity threatens the financial and personal safety of consumers, leaving them with little to no recourse. State-licensed professionals are also impacted by unlicensed activity. Unlicensed individuals often underbid licensed professionals, but they usually do not carry workers’ compensation or liability insurance, posing an increased threat to consumers and cutting out licensed professionals.

This information was obtained from the Deparmtent of Business and Professional Regulation’s website.

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