An investigation into a dispute over a home remodeling project in Mary Esther led to charges of grand theft and engaging in contracting without certification against a Fort Walton Beach man.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 44-year old Robert Brezeale September 20th.
The victim says he contracted to pay more than $45,000 for Brezeale to do a home remodeling on West Audrey Drive in December 2021, and paid for half the work up front per their agreement.
He told deputies however about a week after Brezeale started, he began asking for more money to continue, which was not part of the agreement.
The homeowner requested to cancel the job, get a refund, and get ownership of supplies purchased, but that never happened and the job was never completed.
Deputies discovered Brezeale is not duly registered or certified as a Florida contractor. He was ordered to cease and desist last October by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
The OCSO warrants for grand theft and engaging in contracting without certification were served September 20th.