The state's professional licensing agency filed five complaints Thursday against a Valrico roofing contractor, citing him for mismanagement and misconduct in the operation of his business.
Jason Andrew Nicholas, 29, faces penalties that include up to a $10,000 fine for each of the complaints and the loss of his contractor's license.
Investigators at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation found in each of the five cases, Nicholas contracted for the roofing work, completed the jobs but failed to pay his subcontractors.
The subcontractors put liens on the homeowners' properties after Nicholas failed to pay. The homeowners complained to the state and were determined to have had liens wrongfully placed on their homes.
The investigators have asked the state Construction Industry Licensing Board to impose penalties on Nicholas for violations of state law.
Nicholas told the Tampa Bay Times that he fell on hard times and made "some bad decisions."
"I am working through them right now to get everybody paid," Nicholas said.