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16 people arrested in Florida Sting operation for failing to obtain workers' compensation insurance

An undercover operation in Manatee County, Florida, has led to the arrest of 16 men who were working without a contractor's license and without providing workers' compensation insurance for their employees.

The investigation was led by the Manatee Sheriff's Office in collaboration with the Florida Department of Financial Services and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, authorities said.

Details of the operation were not disclosed, but a DFS spokesman said it was likely similar to a number of other spot checks in recent years: authorities announce tenders for home renovation work; When the contractors show up to take a look, investigators check to see if they have a contractor's license and if the workers are receiving compensation.

At least 16 people who viewed the “mock house” property failed the test and were charged last week, the sheriff's office said.

Florida law requires all businesses with four or more employees to carry workers' compensation insurance. All construction companies with one or more employees are required to have all-employee insurance, although company managers can request exemptions, according to DFS.

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