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Polk County couple accused of doing unlicensed home renovations, stealing thousands of dollars

Richard and Adena Lineback are accused of signing on clients with their business, Lineback Home Services, and stealing money from people.

Shannon Clowe (WTSP)

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Published: 4:56 PM EST February 27, 2023
Updated: 5:23 PM EST February 28, 2023

As contractor fraud is continuously being reported throughout the state of Florida, signs of the scams are showing up locally with a Polk County couple being arrested back in January.

Richard and Adena Lineback are accused of doing home renovations under their business, Lineback Home Services LLC, but never completing the work. That business is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau but is still active, according to online records.

The couple is accused by the Polk County Sheriff's Office of grand theft and contracting without a license.

Three women came forward to 10 Tampa Bay to share their personal stories with Lineback Home Services. The women said the couple took payments and then vanished before the work was finished or done correctly.

Credit: Mugshots from the Polk County Sheriff's Office

One woman says some of the work in her home was never even started.

10 Tampa Bay looked into the couple and their accreditation, and it turns out Richard and Adena Lineback don’t have a contracting license.

A person with the same last name, "Lineback," has a mold remediator license, according to the Department of Business & Professional Regulation. Former clients said they saw that mold remediator license number on the Lineback's truck and company T-shirts. 

They assumed the couple had the correct licensing to do the work they were contracted to do.

Credit: Ruthie Kimmons

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