(April 15, 2015)- Detectives with the Cape Coral Police Department Financial Crimes Unit have participated in two operations in the past week in an effort to crack down on fraudulent activity within the city.
The first, on April 8th, was an unlicensed contractor sting. The agency worked with the City of Cape Coral Code Compliance/Licensing Division, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to crack down on unlicensed contractors. The operation took place at 1231 Lafayette Street which is an empty commercial building owned by the City of Cape Coral. Individuals that did not have a license were contacted through their ads on Craigslist.
Once at the building, if the individual agreed to do work for which they did not have the proper license, they were charged accordingly.
The following individuals were charged with unlicensed contracting:
Thomas Peter Leech
2201 Jackson Street
Fort Myers, FL
David William Johnson
105 Hercules Drive
Fort Myers Beach, FL
John A. Bradley
118 SW 49th Terrace
Cape Coral, FL
The second operation involved the use of illegal skimmers on gas pumps. On April 14th, Detectives with the Financial Crimes Unit along with the Street Crimes Unit, checked gas stations within the City of Cape Coral for skimming devices. Over 84 gas pumps, at 24 different gas stations, were looked at. At that time, no skimming devices were located. However, on March 31, 2015, the agency was notified by the Florida Department of Agriculture that during a routine inspection, a skimming device was found on a gas pump at the Shell Station located at 2231 Delprado Boulevard.