CONTRACTOR FACES FRAUD CONSEQUENCES @ 24 Jun 2020
(Citrus County, FL) Monday, CCSO deputies arrested 39-year-old John Hopkins of Summerfield on three warrants for organized fraud under $20,000 and contracting without a license. In all three separate cases, citizens hired Hopkins Concrete Creations to complete work on their residences.

Hopkins was first hired by victim number one on the 23rd of May in 2019. The victim paid the suspect a $500.00 deposit to complete a sidewalk project. The suspect never started or completed the job. Then on June 10th, a second victim paid Hopkins an $800.00 deposit for a job which he again never started or completed. The victim’s bank was able to provide a copy of security footage showing the suspect cashing the victim’s check at one of their branch locations.

Later that same year on August 16th, Hopkins was hired once again by the third victim. The victim paid Hopkins a $600.00 deposit in cash for a concrete job, with Hopkins even signing a receipt indicating he received the cash for the down payment. Hopkins also failed to return or complete any of the mentioned work.

Shortly after getting the victims’ money, Hopkins stopped communicating with all three victims and never fulfilled the various concrete work he was hired to do. In addition, he never refunded any of the victims their deposit and since moved out of Citrus County. The total amount of money Hopkins was able to obtain from the victims was $1,900.00.

“John Hopkins never operated a legitimate business,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “Instead, he stole the hard-earned money of innocent and trusting people. Never let your guard down when contracting for services, visit the DBPR’s site to see if your contractor is legally licensed and insured. ”

After multiple attempts of contacting Hopkins to settle their various contracted services, the three victims in each case filed a report with our office. During the three investigations, Hopkins was identified by each victim as the person they hired and paid for services that were provided. Working closely with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Detective Ramos was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Hopkins. His bond was set at $9,000.

If you feel you were a victim of fraud by Hopkins or Hopkins Concrete Creations, please contact the CCSO Major Crimes Unit at (352)726-1121 to file a report now.

Finding a good, trustworthy contractor for your project is important. Do your research before to find a licensed and insured contractor by visiting the following resources:

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Licensee Search-
https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp
Citrus County’s Online Permitting Portal-
https://www.citrusbocc.com/departments/growth_management/building_division/online_permitting/index.php
Better Business Bureau’s Contractor and Company Lookup-
https://www.bbb.org/us/fl