COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "Stealing identities is a bad idea. There's an epidemic of it. It can happen to anybody and thats a pretty good illustration it could happen to anybody."
And it did happen to Judge Michael Carr. Investigators said this man, William Burgess, hired the Way Too Cool air conditioning company back in June to do more than a thousand dollars worth of work at a Golden Gate Estates home, one he eventually said wasn't his.
"He strung along the air conditioning guy, and then he said Judge Carr really owns the property, him and a local attorney," said Judge Michael Carr.
According to the arrest report obtained by WINK News, Burgess went back and forth with the company's owner over payment, often through text messages. At one point, Deputies said Burgess wrote a check but it bounced. Burgess claimed the Judge wasn't happy with the work and stopped payment on the check.
"And he said bring the invoice to the courthouse and I'm busy doing all this legal stuff because I'm a paralegal, you know I'm a big shot. Then he said he's too busy so leave it with the baliff downstairs and Judge Carr will take care of it."
That invoice made its way right into Judge Carr's hands.
"It's ridiculous, once he took to the courthouse it was a guarantee he'd get arrested and he's got extensive criminal record, so it's not like he's a newbie."
The judge notified investigators and Burgess was arrested. And guess who Burgess came face to face with in court?
"The weekend he was brought in, arrested for violation of probation and the new charges, and he got to see me."