Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation and Tampa Police Department “Sting” Unlicensed Contractors

TAMPA—On October 13th., 2010, Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, in partnership with the Tampa Police Department, conducted a contracting sting operation, resulting in three arrests. Unlicensed contractors were arrested by the Tampa Police Department and issued administrative penalties by DBPR.  

“We are committed to continuing sting operations to keep the public safe and protect them from unlicensed and unscrupulous contractors,” said Secretary Charlie Liem. “We appreciate the support and partnership from Tampa Police Department.”

 It was noted that the Tampa Police Department gathered advertisements for plumbing and electrical services from Craigslist.org. Unlicensed contractors were asked to come to the “sting” location to provide a proposal for work that requires a state license. When the individuals failed to provide their state-required license, they were arrested by TPD and issued citations by DBPR. In addition to arrests, investigators provided information on how to obtain a license. The ultimate goal is to bring the individuals into compliance with state law and protect consumers.

This information was obtained from Florida’s DBPR’s website.

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