NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Two families in the Trinity neighborhood of Pasco County say an unlicensed contractor ran off with their money and left them with a mess.
The contractor was busted by a Better Call Behnken investigation in 2016 and served two years in prison.
Charlene and Kurt Lichssenring hired smooth-talking James Lineback to do electrical work. He took $650, cut holes, left exposed wires all over the house and then disappeared.
Next door, Rose Ciccione paid Lineback $200 to replace screens in her windows. She says he took off with the screens and her money, then blocked her calls and text messages.
“I know it’s not thousands of dollars, but my screens alone are worth more than $200,” she said.
Back in 2016, Lineback was accused of taking off with an elderly man’s diamond ring, tools and even his Jeep.
Lineback served two years in prison. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office found he solicited yard work, then his girlfriend would show up, offering to clean, and then items would end up missing.
That worries Charlene because she tells me Lineback asked her multiple times if his wife could have coffee with her while he worked.
When she refused, he disappeared.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.