Deputies: Miami man posed as contractor, stiffed Keys residents

Deputies are searching for Israel Acanda

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Courtesy: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

KEY LARGO, Fla. - A Miami man is accused of taking money for contracting work and never doing the job, according to deputies.

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies said Israel Acanda, 45, agreed to build awnings for three Calusa Campground property owners in Key Largo.

The victims said Acanda claimed to own a business called "Perfection Awnings." In February and March, Acanda took nearly $7,000 worth of checks as a down payment. As of now, no work has been done and he is nowhere to be found.

Detectives checked with the Monroe County Department of Licensing and found Acanda does not have a license to operate a business in Monroe County.

"This is a good time to once again remind people how important it is to thoroughly check out businesses before hiring them to do work for you, and before paying them any money up front," said Sheriff Bob Peryam.

Acanda is wanted for one count of scheme to defraud, three counts of operating a contracting business without a license and three counts of grand theft.

Anyone who knows where Acanda is, should call police.

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