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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Two charged in alleged illegal airport contracting scheme

This is Yanisleidis Rodriguez

KEY WEST, July 30, 2019 – Two Stock Island residents face charges for allegedly working together so their company would get contracting work paid by Monroe County government that was authorized by one of them, then a county employee.

Carlos Montero Delgado, 47, was taken into custody July 29 on a charge of unlicensed contracting. His live-in girlfriend, Yanisleidis Arzola Rodriguez, 36, was arrested July 26, charged with being a principal to unauthorized contracting. State Attorney’s Office Investigator Frank Zamora investigated the cases and issued the probable-cause affidavits that led to their arrests.

At the time of the alleged crimes, Rodriguez was Key West International Airport finance analyst for the county and had authorization to approve expenses less than $5,000. Since late March, she allegedly gave Montero, her business partner in a construction company, three airport projects, each less than $5,000. Combined, they totaled $13,750. Monroe County fired Rodriguez the day she was arrested.

Rodriguez and Montero filed to incorporate C.Y.M. Builders with the Florida Division of Corporations on March 13 using an address on Shrimp Road on Stock Island where they both live. Montero is listed as president, Rodriguez as vice president.

According to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Montero has never had a Florida contracting license and C.Y.M. Builders “was never qualified” as a contractor “nor had an active license as a construction business.” Rodriguez, too, is not a licensed contractor, even though she tried three times, unsuccessfully, to pass the state contractors exam.

According to Zamora’s affidavits, on March 20, Montero gave the airport facilities manager a proposal to lay 400 square feet of concrete at the airport. The next day, Rodriguez signed off on the project, which paid C.Y.M. Builders $4,650 for the project, which ended up being 440 square feet. The county paid the bill in April.

On April 29, C.Y.M. Builders quoted the county $4,900 for work in the airport’s parking lot area. It included demolishing a curb and creating a new curb and sidewalk, and Rodriquez signed off on it. The invoice was processed in May.

Then on May 20, C.Y.M. Builders submitted a proposal for more concrete work in the parking lot area and Rodriguez signed off on it for $4,200, and the invoice was paid.

Zamora noted in an affidavit that “no permits were pulled for those jobs.” And Rodriguez “knew, when she received those invoices and proposals from C.Y.M. Builders, that C.Y.M. Builders was not a licensed construction company,” Zamora wrote, but did know she was going to get paid by the company for the airport work.

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