SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested 17 people on several charges during an undercover operation to protect citizens from unlicensed contractors.

The three-day operation resulted in 21 felony charges and 15 misdemeanor charges.

Since 2012, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has assigned detectives to investigate claims against people who engage in contracting work without proper licenses, permits or certification.

The sheriff’s office worked with the Sarasota County Building Department, the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation during the investigation.

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