But that didn't stop Roman from doing business as usual and keeping as busy as a bee: He continued to do routine business with the company's customers, bugging them to buy pest control services — while using the A-1 Pest Control company name, deputies said.
Roman allegedly told some of his customers that they were “infested” with “super termites,” which he called “Formosa termites,” urging them to buy costly contracts from him to rid them of the pests, the report stated.
Several customers, who had no way of knowing that Roman had been fired, trusted Roman's professional advice and bought the expensive contracts, the report said.
But one customer's son, who had been visiting from out of town, apparently got a little antsy and questioned a contract written by Roman for fungus. The son could find no fungus so he contacted A-1 Pest Control, who then told him that Roman had been fired months ago, according to the report.
That's when authorities were notified.
Detectives later determined that Roman had been writing fictitious contracts, cashing the checks, and keeping the money.
Also the owner of A-1 Pest Control reportedly told deputies there are no such insects as “Formosa termites.”
Detectives stated they also became aware of another customer, who is probably mad as a hornet, after signing six fake contracts with Roman totaling $13,365.
Now this big pest is behind bars.
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Photo: Hernando County Jail