Unlicensed contractors face felony charges
April 18, 2018
FLORIDA KEYS — Three people who improperly claimed to be contractors now face felony charges for signing up Middle Keys customers, arrest reports say.
Tison L. Kennedy, 31, of Marathon was arrested April 10 on six felony counts, including charges of theft from people over age 65, and falsely presenting himself as a contractor during a state of emergency.
A Key Colony Beach couple told Deputy Leon Bourcier of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that they gave Kennedy four checks totaling more than $5,400 to buy materials and make repairs on their home.
“Kennedy presented himself as a private contractor but he is not a licensed contractor with the state of Florida,” said sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt. “Two out of the three jobs the couple hired Kennedy to do required licenses.
“Kennedy never began work or purchased materials for the jobs as of April 6,” Linhardt said.
Kennedy last week was in Monroe County jail in lieu of $17,500 in bonds.
Ulises R. Wiltz, 49, and Shannan Wiltz, 50, of Miami were booked April 9 on warrants charging them with third-degree felonies for contracting without a license.
The couple reportedly signed contracts to replace damaged roofs in Marathon and the Lower Keys with new metal roofs, according to investigators from the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office and the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Ulises Wiltz signed a $23,850 contract as president of Florida Roofing and Design for a Marathon home on Goodley Street on Grassy Key.
A state license inspector checked the ongoing work in January, then followed up with state attorney investigator Abraham Vallejo in February.
Ulises Wiltz was charged with using a revoked contractor’s license in a state of emergency.
Wiltz’s contracting license was revoked by the Florida Construction Licensing Board in 2017 over three separate complaints alleging Wiltz’s company, then known as South Florida Roofing Group of Miami and the Keys, took payments and failed to complete work.
In those cases, Wiltz was ordered to pay restitution totaling $14,860 to the customers, and faces administrative fines of at least $40,000 if he reapplies for licensing, according to the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Florida Roofing and Design, a company that lists Shannan Wiltz as registered agent, also signed a $29,150 metal-roof contract for a Barry Avenue home on Little Torch Key.
No permits were found for either the Marathon or Little Torch job. Shannan Wiltz was arrested on warrants charging her with two counts of offering construction services with no qualified contractor on record.
Both Shannan and Ulises Wiltz were released after posting bond.