In neighboring news:

The Florida Department of Financial Services announced the recent arrest of 11 people in Manatee County for unlicensed contracting and engaging in construction work without workers’ comp insurance. The Division of Insurance Fraud, in partnership with the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Holmes Police Department and Manatee County Code Enforcement executed the sting over a three-day period, calling for contractors to perform services at an uninhabited home. If convicted, the arrested individuals face up to five years prison for each workers’ comp charge, and an additional year for a first time unlicensed contractor charge or five years for repeat offenders.

Read more from FL CFO Jeff Atwater’s office here.

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