Collier County man accused of construction fraud turns himself in

Writer: Matthew Seaver
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William Burgess
William Burgess, 67. (Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office)

A Collier County man has turned himself in after an investigation into construction fraud by the State Attorney’s Office.

The State Attorney’s Office says William Burgess, 67, turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Burgess is facing a first-degree felony for a scheme to defraud.

The State Attorney’s Office says Burgess entered into a contract with a Tampa-based construction management company to assist him in getting jobs in Collier County.

Burgess is not a licensed contractor, and the State Attorney’s Office says he forged the name of a licensed contractor on building permits and other documents. They say he also took jobs and payments in that contractor’s name without that contractor knowing.

The State Attorney’s Office also says Burgess hired a notary who he authorized to notarize documents without witnesses present.

Burgess is also accused of creating several businesses with similar names and defrauding people who entered contracts with him and then accused him of not doing any work.

Burgess’ case was investigated by a construction fraud task force that is part of the State Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.

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