PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Punta Gorda air conditioner repairman for selling a fraudulent warranty to a Port Charlotte woman. Arrested Tuesday was Nathan Jon Sasse, 36, of the 2600 block of Parisian Court. On April 13, CCSO received a call about a fraud and being scammed by Sasse. Deputies responded to the home in the 23500 block of Dawn Avenue. The woman said she had hired Unique Air to service her air conditioner in January. She asked Sasse about renewing or extending her appliance warranty with Sears. Sasse said he had a friend who could provide service warranties cheaper than Sears. He gave her a brochure with the company name of Service and Security Excellence.
On Jan. 26, Sasse went back to the victim’s home for further air conditioning work, and she told him she decided to purchase the Service and Security Excellence warranty. She gave Sasse a $400 check, and he told her she would receive a service agreement by email in a few days. A few weeks later, in February, the victim got a call from a representative of Unique Air saying he found her name along with other customers’ names in Sasse’s truck. He asked her if she had purchased an extended warranty from Sasse because Unique Air does not officer appliance warranties. The spokesperson for Unique Air said she may want to check her warranty she purchased from Sasse because it was more likely a scam. Sasse had been fired for reportedly stealing from his employer. On May 22, detectives of the CCSO Economic Crimes Unit contacted the Florida Division of Corporations on the status of Service and Security Excellence and was told it was a “rejected filing” and returned Jan. 25 for corrections and never refiled. Detectives then contacted the Charlotte County Tax Collectors Office, and tax records showed no listing for the service. On June 14, ECU detectives contacted the Florida Department of Financial Services and were told home warranty sales are required to be licensed. SASE never had a license to sell warranties. ECU detectives said Sasse has also been arrested in Sarasota County on charges of stealing from his Unique Air and doing an installation in that county. Tuesday, Sasse was arrested on charges of grand theft and violating licensing requirement to sell home warranties. He posted a $3,500 bond and was released. If anyone has purchased a warranty from Sasse and his fake company, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101.
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