Cops: Unlicensed contractor stole from elderly woman

January 22, 2014 

Unfinished work by an unlicensed contractor at an 83-year-old woman's home put a Key Largo man in county jail, says a Monroe County Sheriff's Office report.

Francisco T. Ruiz, 44, was arrested Jan. 12 on a warrant issued in August 2013 charging him with stealing more than $300 from a senior citizen, a felony, and falsely claiming to be licensed contractor, a misdemeanor.

Ruiz remained in the Monroe County jail Tuesday under a no-bond warrant from Miami-Dade County. Bond on the local charges is $10,000.

Sheriff's Office Detective Yunier Galvez said in a report that in July, an elderly resident paid $400 to Ruiz for work at her Key Largo home on Bowie Lane.

"Ruiz represented himself to her as a contractor as he has on numerous other occasions," according to the report. Galvez confirmed Ruiz does not hold a contractor's license.

Ruiz called the woman the next day to say the work would be delayed because he hurt his back, Galvez reported. The defendant later told the woman his injury would prevent him from working, but promised to refund her money, Galvez reported. The $400 was never returned and the woman's attempts to reach Ruiz were fruitless.

Information received by the Sheriff's Office indicates the Miami-Dade warrants reference charges of grand theft and probation violation.

KeysNet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service