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Deputies Warn Public About Man Impersonating Licensed Contractor

Date Added: March 07, 2022 3:44 pm

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Laura Williams, Office of
Public Affairs & Media Relations


Sheriff’s detectives are seeking a Central Florida man who intentionally impersonated a licensed contractor and defrauded a female victim out of nearly $74,000 – and they’re working to determine whether more Volusia County residents have been scammed by him.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Joseph England, 38 (DOB 08/08/1982) of Geneva in Seminole County for grand theft and obtaining property by fraud, along with false impersonation – his second offense.

England was investigated by state officials in 2015 and 2016 of falsely identifying himself as a licensed contractor. He was convicted in Lake County in 2016.

The Volusia Sheriff’s Office was alerted by a De Leon Springs woman who hired England and his company, England Site Development LLC, to build a large barn on her farm. The victim told detectives England was knowledgeable about the construction process and assured her he was a licensed contractor.

However, England kept asking the victim for additional money, but minimal work was done on the building and soon he ceased to communicate with the victim. Detectives learned from the Department of Business & Professional Regulation that England does not hold an electrical contractor nor a general contractor license in Florida.

If you or someone you know has been similarly scammed by this suspect, please call the Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency line, (386) 248-1777, and let us know.

Remember, before hiring anyone to do work on or around your home, make sure they are licensed: At, you can verify your contractor is licensed by the state of Florida. and are good resources for handyman services and work that doesn't require a state license. If someone comes to your door offering services you didn't ask for, call the VSO right away.

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