ESTERO, Fla.- A local man is in jail without bond after keeping a down payment for work never completed and falsely representing himself as a contractor. James Edward Dalton, age 38, of 19971 Barletta Lane in Estero was located and arrested by members of the Sheriff's Office Fugitive Warrants unit and booked into the Lee County Jail today on multiple charges.
On March 29, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a report of a contractor working without a license and a grand theft. The victim advised, in October of 2010 James Dalton was provided a down payment to build a pool, with completion promised in five weeks. Weeks turned into months with little work completed and soon the victim's attempts to communicate with Dalton by phone and email proved futile. During the time, the victim learned no permits were ever secured for construction of the pool. The total amount of money given to Dalton was more than $7,100.
As a result, detectives learned Dalton Construction, LLC and/or James Dalton were not licensed in Lee County or the State of Florida as a contractor. Additionally, the license number he provided was actually that of a Plant City company, where he worked at one time, but was not authorized to use for his own endeavors.
At one point during the investigation, Dalton agreed to refund $5,000.00, but failed to do so in the time allowed. Detectives then requested and received a warrant for the arrest of Dalton. He has been charged with grand theft, contracting without a license, and using the contractor license of another. He was also charged with violation of probation and is being held for that reason without bond.