Nov. 15, 2018
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the State Attorney’s Office, 14th Judicial Circuit, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, the Panama City Police Department, and the Lynn Haven Police Department have conducted an undercover sting operation and made twelve arrests in Bay County.
The agencies received numerous complaints of shoddy workmanship from roofing contractors as well as incidents of scamming Bay County residents involving contracting work. One resident complained his new roof leaked the first time it rained.
Because of the complaints, a task force was created called Citizens United Fighting Fraud, or CUFF. Over the past week, CUFF targeted unlicensed contractors that were advertising in Bay County, and conducted several sting operations.
Arrested on November 14, 2018 were Victor Miguel Prado, age 54, of New Orleans, Louisiana, Jose Santoas Mejia-Brizuela, age 59, of New Orleans, Louisiana, Castro Osman Nahum Matute, age 29, of New Orleans, Louisiana, Gilberto Almaraz, age 50, of Houston, Texas, Alan Misael Gonzalez, age 32, of San Antonio, Texas, Julio Medina Torres, age 32, of Corpus Christi, Texas, Thomas Rodriguez, age 48, of Houston, Texas. All were charged with Contracting Without a License. Julio Medena Torres was also charged with Possession of Cocaine.
Arrested on November 15, 2018, were Gustavo Lopez, age 24, of New Orleans, Louisiana, Javier Callejas, age 34 of New Orleans, Louisiana, Suazo Villatoro, age 34, or Arravi, Louisiana, Kevin Sauer, age 50, of Indiana, and Luis Espinoza, age 40, of Denhan Springs, Louisiana. All were charged with Contracting Without a License.
Prepared by R. Corley
Information by Major J. Stanford
Approved by Sheriff T. Ford
CUFF has obtained warrants on several individuals that left Bay County. They are Eric Judson Naquin, Joseph Dipasquale, and Juan Pena Morales. All will be charged with Contracting Without a License. Naquin and Morales also face charges of Grand Theft.