Pinellas County

'Operation Cast Out' busts 35 unlicensed contractors in Madeira Beach

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) - Investigators arrested 35 suspects with 65 criminal charges during a 3-day undercover operation coined “Operation Cast Out” in Madeira Beach.

The undercover sting was conducted at a vacant store on 150th Avenue in Madeira Beach from Saturday to Monday. 

Through the sting, undercover detectives were solicited by unlicensed specialty contracting suspects who offered to perform illegal unlicensed contracting work at the store front.

One suspect was referred to the State Attorney’s Office for two additional criminal charges.

These charges include unlicensed specialty contracting violations, workers compensation fraud and various other criminal charges unrelated to unlicensed contractor.

Detectives said the unlicensed contractors were found advertising on websites like Facebook, Craiglists, Next Door and more.

The following people were arrested:

  • Arri Leva
  • John Hardin
  • Richard T. Wallace
  • Hugo Ramos
  • Jose Cuevas-Ojeda
  • Julio Casiano-Ortiz
  • Samuel Rivera Irrizary
  • Nicholas Vargo
  • Avdi Seljimaj
  • Illia Pinchuck
  • Nico Mitaskos
  • Joshua Marshman
  • Joseph Burker
  • Nathan Borst
  • Rodolfo Garza Jr.
  • Jason Ochenrider
  • Danielle Ritichie
  • Alan V. Oliveira Lopes
  • David Rea
  • Edio J Silva Menezes
  • Saleem Khan
  • Javier Chacon
  • Ernesto Perez Andres
  • Keldrick Lockett
  • Anthony Giannola
  • Tyler McGurl
  • Daniel Mowrey
  • Matthew Colangelo
  • Robert L Quesenberry
  • Roman Boronbekov
  • Julio Palacios Gonzalez
  • Hugo Espinosa Bororquez
  • Andrew Humiston
  • Carlow LaLuz
  • Driss Rougui

Citizens in Pinellas County can search for licensed contractors or report unlicensed construction activity by visiting the PCCLB website.

Citizens can also report violations of unlicensed contracting by contacting the sheriff’s office at 727-582-6200.

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