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Manatee County Sheriff’s Office conducts Workers’ Compensation Fraud/Unlicensed Contractor Operation


April 26, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - On April 23, 24, and 25, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services with the Florida Department of Financial Services, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted a joint Workers’ Compensation Fraud/Unlicensed Contractor Operation.

 

The purpose of the operation was to address unlicensed contractors working without the required contractor license and engaging in construction class work without the required workers’ compensation insurance exemptions.

 

In total, 16 individuals were arrested, two were issued citations, and one received a summons. These legal actions were related to 49 charges of failure to obtain workers’ compensation coverage and unlicensed contracting.

The following individuals were arrested for the listed charges:

  • Brennan Fleet Tanner, 31: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Blaine Michael Benson, 31: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Francis E Jakubajtys, 58: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Andrew Clayton Sampson, 42: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Paul Roy Slaughter III, 39: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Aryam Garcia Bellido De Luna, 25: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Troy Childs, 55: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Pedro Antonio Laureano, 48: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Kerry Curtis Lee, 60: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing.

  • Oscar Antonio Figueroa Zelaya, 52: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Luis A. Rosario, 42: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Christopher Valentin, 42: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Nicholas Joseph Austine, 54: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing.

  • Kim Gordon Mcnulty, 40: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage.

  • Sergio Vargas-Olayo, 50: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical.

  • Alan Hart, 40: fail to secure workers comp insurance coverage, engage in contractor business w/o certification-plumbing, engage in contractor business w/o certification-electrical, driving while license suspended.

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