This story was updated on Sept. 19, 2020.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Prosecutors declined to prosecute a South Florida woman who was accused of using a fake impact windows installation business to dupe people across South Florida out of thousands of dollars, according to court records.
The records show a no-action filing meaning the State Attorney’s Office did not file formal charges.
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Miami Police detectives to put out a consumer warning following the arrest of 38-year-old Irene Sofi and 39-year-old Rene Lezcano on Thursday.
Authorities believe their victims span from Miami-Dade up to Palm Beach County.
Police said Sofi and Lezcano ran “Florida’s Best Installs” without a State or local license.
Miami attorney Ben Solomon told police he hired the pair in April to put up impact sliding doors on his luxury high-rise condo in downtown Miami. Sofi accepted and cashed Solomon’s $21,600 deposit.
“They’re going to your house promising to install impact windows,” said Miami Police Lt. Freddie Cruz. “They’re taking measurements and they’re asking for 50 percent of the deposit of the total amount.”
Lt. Cruz pointed out the duo “basically disappeared.” They never did the work, they never brought the materials.
The last post on “Florida’s Best Installs” Facebook page was more than two years ago, in August 2013.
The Better Business Bureau showed the company is not accredited with the organization, which is not required. However, the company does have a “C-” grade on a scale of A to F.
The addresses listed for the company was a post office storefront and a Hollywood home.
Cruz reminded the community, “Whenever you’re doing some work at home, or with any type of business, always look for permits. Do your research. Google the company’s information so you don’t fall victim to these scammers.”
Sofi and Lezcano were charged with felony grand theft and running an unlicensed business.
Cruz urged anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.