230 Bal Harbor Boulevard Suite 111
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Phone: (941) 575-5770 Fax: (941) 575-5775
First Arrest for Unlicensed Private Investigation Activity & DOL Report. Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A Florida man, formerly licensed as a private investigator and former owner of a private investigative agency, has become the first individual arrested for violating the new Florida statute on providing private investigative services without being properly licensed. The new statute, providing for enhanced penalties, went into effect July 1, 2013. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) , Law Enforcement Division, arrested Fernando J. Rodriguez, 39, on August 28, 2013 in Sanford, FL. Rodriguez was booked into the Seminole County Jail and charged with two felony counts of violation of FS 493.612 for providing unlicensed private investigative activities and one charge of fraud, uttering a forged instrument, in violation of FS 831.02. The fraud charge is due to the fact that Rodriguez is accused of presenting an invoice for his unlicensed private investigative services, containing a false G license number. Bond was set at $1,050 and Rodriguez was released after the bond was posted by a bondsman. His arraignment is set for October 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm. Records indicate that Rodriguez signed an affidavit of indigency and asked the court to appoint an attorney to represent him, see DOL and Ag Law Report Fernando Rodriguez
SCAM ALERT PHONE NUMBER (941) 330-1994.
A & E Surveillance and Investigations use a Sarasota based cell phone, 941-330-1994, a call made to this number on Thursday January 31st 2013 revealed a man answering with “investigations”, when asked of this man what was his Florida private investigators license was or what the Florida Agency license was for A & E Surveillance and Investigations he hung up. There is no A & E Surveillance and Investigations registered with the Sarasota County Tax Collector paying an annual Business Tax, see http://sarasotataxcollector.governmax.com/collectmax/collect30.asp
There is no A & E Surveillance and Investigations registered with the Florida Department of Revenue paying sales tax in Florida. There is no A & E Surveillance and Investigations registered with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations as a Corporation, Limited Liability Company or even a Fictitious Name, see http://www.sunbiz.org/search.html
Take your chances with A & E Surveillance and Investigations.
BOLO: A & E Surveillance and Investigations in Sarasota Fl is not licensed by the State of Florida.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com