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Sting results in charges against 10 people accused of operating as unlicensed contractors

DUNEDIN — A multiagency law enforcement sting this week resulted in charges against 10 people who are accused of operating as unlicensed contractors in Pinellas County.

The effort, led by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, identified contractors via advertisements placed on Craigslist, Angie's List and in the Seminole Beacon, authorities said. Undercover investigators made 38 phone calls to people who listed the advertisements, all of which were published without a listed license number.

The investigators made appointments to meet with the contractors at a home in Dunedin to discuss roofing, air conditioner repair, plumbing and electrical jobs, officials said. Ten people from eight advertisements showed up and offered their services, negotiating prices that ranged from $50 to $1,500.

The ten were issued notices to appear for violations of the state unlicensed contractor statute. Nine also received various fines and citations from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board.

Charged were Michael Morrison, 31, of Clearwater; Eric Pusateri, 36, of Palm Harbor; John Young, 59, of Largo; Nicholas Vaseliades, 56, of St. Petersburg; Lynnoid Stewart, 42, of St. Petersburg; Robert Deonarine, 35, of St. Petersburg; Michael Perez, 42, of Orlando; Juan Dones, 34, of Orlando; Gamal Baker, 52, of Clearwater; and Randy Carr, 47, of Largo.

Sting results in charges against 10 people accused of operating as unlicensed contractors 12/14/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 14, 2012 7:56pm]
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