NAPLES, Fla. – A Naples man has been arrested forging documents to obtain contracting jobs, despite not having a license.
William Burgess, 67, is accused of forging the name of a licensed contractor on building permit applications. He also accepted jobs and took payments without the contractor’s knowledge.
The case began at the Collier County Clerk’s Office after they found evidence of fraud related to contracts and building permits. It was discovered that Burgess entered an agreement with a Tampa construction and management company to get him jobs, despite not having a contractor license.
It was also revealed that the notary employed by Burgess notarized documents without the witness present, allegedly at the direction of Burgess.
He is also accused of creating similar-sounding companies to defraud customers by getting them to enter into contracts and not performing any of the work.
After a warrant was issued, Burgess turned himself over to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. He faces a charge of scheme to defraud, a first-degree felony.