Published: Aug 15, 2014 10:37 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 15, 2014 6:44 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies have wrapped up "Operation Freeloader," which targeted unlicensed contractors and resulted in the arrest of 14 people.

Many of the suspects didn't have the required workers' compensation insurance or a required exemption either, and were additionally charged with a violation of workers’ compensation laws.

During the three-day operation, undercover agents contacted a number of people from various internet websites such as Porch.Com and Craigslist, where the individuals were advertising construction related services. Arriving at the location in San Carlos Park, these individuals met with undercover officers and willingly agreed to offer proposals to perform various construction type tasks at the target residence. The work proposed requires the service provider to be a properly licensed contractor, and the contractor must carry workers’ compensation coverage, or they must have filed a certificate of exemption.

The following suspects lacked the required electrical, plumbing, and general contracting licensing needed to perform construction related activities and were arrested:

John A. Bradley (DOB: 10-23-1959)  - Unlicensed Contracting and Workers’ Comp Violation

Mark Diephouse (DOB: 05-05-1968)  - Unlicensed Contracting and Workers’ Comp Violation

Joseph John Ganzel (DOB: 07-09-1985)  - Unlicensed Contracting and Workers’ Comp Violation

James Flynn Jr. (DOB: 03-10-1950)  - Unlicensed Contracting and Workers’ Comp Violation

Andrea Jean Wittenborn (DOB: 01-10-1966)  - Unlicensed Contracting and Workers’ Comp Violation

Carl T. Wittenborn (DOB: 05-31-1965)  - Unlicensed Contracting and Workers’ Comp Violation

Luis Gabriel Guerra (DOB: 06-30-1961)  - Unlicensed Contracting

Robert James Wills (DOB: 04-20-1954)  - Unlicensed Contracting

Juan F. Alban-Izquierdo (DOB: 10-09-1976)  - Unlicensed Contracting

Dennis Edward Romstadt (DOB: 06-06-1945) - Unlicensed Contracting

Richard Wasielewski (DOB: 02-21-1956)  - Unlicensed Contracting and Workers’ Comp Violation

Alfredo Martinez-Cruz (DOB: 01-18-1978)  - Unlicensed Contracting and Workers’ Comp Violation

Edward Michael Mason (DOB: 05-01-1973)  - Unlicensed Contracting

Neil Leslie Cottrell (DOB: 05-22-1964)  - Unlicensed Contracting

Consumers can verify professional licenses with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation online at www.myfloridalicense.com, by calling (850) 487-1395, or by downloading the free DBPR Mobile app through iTunes or the Google Play store. Citizens are asked to report any suspected unlicensed activity by calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1 (866) 532-1440, or by calling the Lee County Sheriff's Office.