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plumber-228010_1920-300x199Nineteen contractors have been arrested in the Tampa, Florida region for allegedly working without workers’ compensation insurance or without a license.

The two unrelated operations took place in Pinellas County and Manatee County. The ten arrests in Pinellas County are part of an ongoing operation named “Operation Stonewall,” which was designed to root out individuals working as contractors without a license or workers’ compensation insurance. For this operation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the state’s Department of Financial Services. The nine arrests in Manatee County, meanwhile, were the result of a collaboration between the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Manatee County Code Enforcement, and the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
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plumbing-840835_1920-300x200During an undercover operation in Sarasota County, Florida last week, 17 people were arrested on charges of workers’ compensation fraud, unlicensed contracting, and other criminal charges.

“Operation Hammer Down II” was the result of a partnership between the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), the Sarasota County Building Department, and the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud. The first phase of the operation was conducted in April and resulted in six arrests.
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