Always verify credentials: Stuart man arrested for falsely identifying himself as licensed contractor

Robert Andrew Schott III was taken to the Martin County Jail on a $1,500.00 bond. (Source: MCSO)

 

From The Martin County Sheriff’s Office: When a Palm City homeowner found a business card placed at his front door, he took 25-year old Robert Andrew Schott’s word that he was a licensed contractor.

 

So he hired Schott to pressure clean, paint and do other odd jobs and paid Schott more than $800.00 to begin the work.

 

Soon afterwards, the victim realized he may have been scammed.

 

The work was never finished, and what was done was poorly done.

 

After investigating, MCSO arrested Robert Andrew Schott III for falsely identifying himself as a contractor.

 

His company “Semper FI” was not licensed as indicated on the cards he placed at homes around Martin County.

 

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be cautious when hiring people to do work in and around their homes.

 

Before you enter into any agreement, or pay someone who is soliciting services, make sure they are licensed and insured.

 

Contact the Martin County licensing division at 772-288-5482 to see if a company has the proper paperwork on file.

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