[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 02/27/20]
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LEESBURG, Florida — An unlicensed contractor is facing two charges following an investigation by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
John William Sedman IV, 43, of Leesburg , also known as Billy Sedman d/b/a Wet Toys Marine Construction & Repair Inc., is accused of constructing a metal seawall and boat slip. Sedman is not a licensed marine contractor.
In May 2019, a Lake County investigator observed a metal seawall being constructed at a home in Leesburg. The homeowner told the investigator he hired a contractor and wrote a deposit check in the amount of $2,650, first made out to “Billy Sedman,” according to an affidavit. Sedman later returned the check and asked the homeowner to replace it with a check made out to “Wet Toys Marine.” The Florida Division of Corporations shows two inactive corporations tied to the “Wet Toys” and Sedman name: Wet Toys Marine Inc. that lists John W. Sedman IV as president and Wet Toys Marine Construction & Repair Inc., registered to John Sedman III, who is Sedman IV’s father.
The Lake County investigator issued a $1,000 civil citation to Sedman IV for rebuilding a boat slip without a license. The Lake County Board of Examiners scheduled and noticed Sedman for three administrative hearings, but Sedman failed to appear at any of them.
In an interview with an investigator, Sedman IV said he was not building docks anymore, just repairs and, “he knows he has to get licensed,” the affidavit states. The investigation was concluded in January and a warrant for Sedman was issued Feb. 14. He was arrested Tuesday and released on $2,000 bond. Lake County Jail records show previous arrests on charges of grand theft and failure to return leased property.
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