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CFO Jimmy Patronis’ Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST) Arrests Unlicensed Contractor Following Hurricane Michael

11/29/2018

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com  

CFO Jimmy Patronis’ Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST) Arrests Unlicensed Contractor Following Hurricane Michael
 
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Ashley Porterfield, owner of Porterfield Building, by his Disaster Fraud Action Strike Force (DFAST) for allegedly conducting unlicensed roofing repairs following Hurricane Michael.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “The Panhandle is recovering after Hurricane Michael, but unlicensed contractors could deal another blow to Florida families. Unlicensed activity puts Floridians in danger and takes business away from reputable contractors that follow the law. Before allowing anyone to make repairs, verify they have the required licenses and insurance. While hurricane season ends tomorrow, we will keep working to protect residents and business owners as they rebuild.”
 
While deployed to the Panhandle following Hurricane Michael, CFO Patronis’ Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST) observed employees of Porterfield Building repairing a damaged roof. Investigators made contact to verify the company had the proper licensure and workers’ compensation insurance coverage required by Florida law. It was discovered that Porterfield was not licensed to conduct business in the state.
 
Porterfield was arrested November 20 and booked into the Bay County Jail on charges of unlicensed contracting, a third-degree felony during a state of emergency. If convicted, Porterfield could face up to 5 years in prison.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).