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Unlicensed contractor busted in Pinellas for third time, faces multiple charges

CLEARWATER — Jeff and Sandra Wodrich were pleased with the work Grass Munchers did on their property, so they hired the company again. Only, the company's operator, Jennifer Leah Rosier, is not a licensed contractor. She also didn't deliver on installing a fence, authorities said.

Rosier, 40, now faces charges of grand theft, failure to secure workers compensation and unlicensed contracting. According to Pinellas County Jail records, it's the third time Rosier has been charged with unlicensed contracting.

According to an arrest report, the couple contracted with Rosier in January to remove bushes, trim a tree, install a fence and remove the debris. They paid Rosier $1,885 for the work, authorities said, but the fence was never delivered. They demanded a refund, but got nothing, the arrest report said.

According to the report, Rosier told the Wodrichs she was licensed and insured to do the work. In Florida, any employer engaging in construction work is required to have a workers' compensation policy or valid exemption. According to state records, Rosier has never been a licensed contractor or carried the necessary insurance.

It's not the first time she's been busted for unlicensed work either. Pinellas County Court records show Rosier was arrested in May for similar charges. Reports from that arrest said Rosier supposed to repair a fence in Pinellas Park for $1,040. In that case too, the report said, she cashed the checks but never completed the work. She was charged with scheme to defraud, failure to secure workers' compensation coverage, unlicensed contracting, home solicitation without a permit and failure to give three-day right to cancel a sales contract. She is awaiting trial on those charges.

That same month, Rosier, 40, pleaded guilty to a 2017 charge of failure to secure workers' compensation and unlicensed contracting. She was fined and credited for 52 days served in county jail. In that case, records show, Rosier was contracted to do yard work for a St. Petersburg woman in September 2015 under the name Tree Munchers. After one successful round of work, the woman hired Rosier and a partner, Scott Brian Rich, under a new contract for $870 of yard work. Bank records showed the checks were cashed, but the work was never done.

Despite having business cards, a license number and an insurance number, Tree Munchers was not a registered Florida business and the numbers were bogus, records show.

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