MIAMI – A father and son are accused of duping at least two people out of thousands of dollars in a contractor fraud scheme.
Detective Carla Orbegoso of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s economic crimes unit told CBS News MIami’s Peter D’Oench, “No work was done. My concern is that people are out of money and the chances are that they will not be able to retrieve it. The best thing you can do is verify that whoever is going to do the work will do it. Many times people rely on word of mouth from neighbors about contractors doing a great job but if you are not checking out if they are licensed, people can get away with your money.”
“I highly encourage people to call the Economic Crimes unit if they recognize these two men and have had problems with their company,” she said. “I pride myself on stopping these individuals and not letting people get taken advantage of.”
Orbegoso said she believes there may be several more victims.
In June 2022, Aaron A. Jordan, 28, the owner of Hurricane Impact Window Authority, entered into a contract to install six impact windows and a sliding glass door for $9,914.35, according to his arrest report.
Jordan’s father, Hector, 63, reportedly prepared the contract and took a deposit check for $5,950,00 for the work.
Aaron Jordan is accused of never returning to do the job and not refunding the money.
According to the arrest report, the homeowner made a number of attempts to contact the Jordans who “continued to make false promises reference starting the job.”
After reportedly getting the runaround, in April 2023 the homeowner filed a complaint with the county’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources’ contractor licensing enforcement section.
A second instance happened in October 2022, according to police.
In that case, Jordan reportedly contracted to install an impact door on a home for $5,826.00. The homeowner paid a deposit of $3,495.60 using a credit card. Jordan is accused of never returning to do the job and not refunding the money. That homeowner also filed a complaint with the county in April 2023.
According to police, a search of state records revealed that neither the Jordans nor the company was licensed.
Both cases were then forwarded to the Miami-Dade police department’s Economic Crimes Bureau.
Both Jordan and his father were arrested. They’ve been charged with organized schemes to defraud, grand theft, and contracting without a license.
Aaron Jordan appeared in bond court on Thursday and was ordered to stay away from the victims and his total bond was set at $9500. Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer found probable cause in his case.
D’Oench also discovered the Jordans had operated their business from 7292 but police said they had been evicted. There is a sign on the storefront saying Hurricane Impact Window Authority but the business is vacant. A check of the Yelp website found a number of complaints about that business.
Detective Obregoso says to find out if your contractor is licensed, check with the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation through their website or you can call them at (850) 487-1395.