St. Pete pool contractor pleads guilty to unlicensed contracting, blames his wife

Better Call Behnken

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Steve Fortenbery of Pinellas Marcite Finishers pleaded guilty to unlicensed contracting and agreed to pay $40,000 in restitution to two customers.

He faces nine years of probation. Even so, Fortenbery tells Investigative Reporter Shannon Behnken that he didn’t do anything wrong. He blames his wife for “ruining” his business.

“She wanted to run the business, you know what I mean? I had the business 15 years before I met her and it was fine,” Steve Fortenbery said. “Let’s just put it this way, she took it over and you see what happened.”

Fortenbery ran Pinelleas Marcite Finishers with his wife, Sue. In recent years, she held the license. But she let it lapse. In addition, investigators with the State Attorney’s Office, claim the pair worked outside of the scope of their license.

Customer after customer turned to Better Call Behnken, out tens of thousands, and with unfinished pools full of green gunk.

Steve was charged in two cases. His wife faces charges in multiple cases dating back to 2016. She has been in jail since July, bond revoked.

The state attorney’s office says they will stay on Fortenbery to make sure he follows through with this restitution. The remaining charges against his wife are pending. She has a hearing planned for later this month.

LATEST FROM BETTER CALL BEHNKEN:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

Dunkin' Donuts burglary

Thumbnail for the video titled "Dunkin' Donuts burglary"

the Tampa Bay Vipers have their first home game of the season on Saturday

Thumbnail for the video titled "the Tampa Bay Vipers have their first home game of the season on Saturday"

Quinton Flowers says he has "a lot" of family and friends coming to the Vipers first home game

Thumbnail for the video titled "Quinton Flowers says he has "a lot" of family and friends coming to the Vipers first home game"

Safety systems in your car could save your life and some money

Thumbnail for the video titled "Safety systems in your car could save your life and some money"

3-story eatery 'Central Park Food Hall' coming to St. Pete

Thumbnail for the video titled "3-story eatery 'Central Park Food Hall' coming to St. Pete"

New sensory room at Hunter's Green Elementary

Thumbnail for the video titled "New sensory room at Hunter's Green Elementary"

Strong odor prompts evacuations at Clearwater apartment complex

Thumbnail for the video titled "Strong odor prompts evacuations at Clearwater apartment complex"

Ruskin man creates purple light display to honor mother fighting pancreatic cancer

Thumbnail for the video titled "Ruskin man creates purple light display to honor mother fighting pancreatic cancer"

Pinellas Co. Student taste-testing

Thumbnail for the video titled "Pinellas Co. Student taste-testing"

Pinellas County students taste-test new lunch menu items

Thumbnail for the video titled "Pinellas County students taste-test new lunch menu items"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss