Undercover Detectives Catch Unlicensed Contractors Red-Handed

A surveillance video clip shows suspect James Maynard meeting with an undercover detective to provide an estimate on electrical and plumbing work

Date: May 22, 2012

Suspect #1: James C. Maynard, W/M, DOB: 3-12-1963
Charges: Contracting Without A License(Plumbing & Electrical)
VOP/Dealing In Stolen Property

Suspect #2: David G. Greenberg, W/M, DOB: 4-14-1951
Charges: Contracting Without A License (Electrical/Alarm Systems)
DWLS warrant

Suspect #3: Rene Kiperman, W/M, DOB: 2-8-1978
Charges: Contracting Without A License (Air Conditioning)

Suspect #4: Paul Easterling, W/M, DOB: 1-23-1970
Charges: Contracting Without A License (Plumbing & Electrical)

Suspect #5: Terrell Ray Warren, W/M, DOB: 2-12-1963
Charges: Contracting Without A License (Plumbing & Electrical)

The Tampa Police Department and Department of Business and Professional Regulation investigators continue to send a strong message to unlicensed contractors operating illegally in the City of Tampa. During a recent undercover sting, detectives and investigators arrested five men who posed as licensed electricians on the internet. The detectives contacted each of the suspects through online advertisements and requested estimates on various repair jobs. Police officers took the suspects into custody after each arrived at the operation location to provide work estimates.

James Maynard and David Greenberg were booked into Orient Road Jail for violating the terms of their probation. The other three suspects received notices to appear in court and were released at the scene.

Investigators with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued civil notices to cease and desist to all five suspects. The Department also issued civil fines to the individuals.

Unlicensed activity is not only unregulated, it is against the law. Floridians can help protect the jobs of licensed professionals and the safety of consumers by notifying the Department of Business and Professional Regulation of any suspected unlicensed activity. Complaints can be emailed to ULA@dbpr.state.fl.us or reported by phone to 1-866-532-1440. Additionally, the most effective way to stop unlicensed activity is to only hire licensed Florida professionals.

Janelle McGregor

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