A Key West man accused of contractor fraud was arrested again after state investigators said he and a Georgia woman ripped off three homeowners in the Lower Keys.
Mark Morales, 54, of Key West, was arrested Monday on charges of felony grand theft and misdemeanor falsely identifying as a contractor and running misleading advertisements.
Key West Code Compliance officers have cited Morales more than once for conducting business without a contracting license, according to the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office.
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Also accused in the fraud cases is Julie Moore, 58, whose address was listed as Atlanta. She was arrested on the same charges and additionally on a felony charge of violating a city or county contract.
The duo posted their services on Facebook under the name Paul Brown Roof Repairs, offering a free inspection and roof work “for a fraction of the cost,” investigators for the Monroe State Attorney’s Office said.
State records show neither Morales nor Moore has ever had a contracting license in Florida.
The charges stem from three separate fraud cases.
▪ A Summerland Key man called them and signed a $7,500 contract with Morales for roof repairs on Oct. 12, 2018. The homeowner gave Moore a $3,750 check as a deposit and she cashed it. Morales never showed up to work.
▪ On March 28, 2018, a homeowner in Key West hired the couple to fix his roof for $14,500, giving Moore a $7,000 deposit. Morales did some work, the homeowner on Josephine Street said, but later took a $1,240 check and stopped showing up.
▪ On July 31, 2018, Morales took a $3,600 check from a homeowner on Big Coppitt Key as a deposit on a $7,200 roof repair job. He did some minor repairs, the homeowner said, and took $3,000 more to buy roofing materials. A few weeks went by and Morales never returned and didn’t buy the materials, investigators said.