Hire a licensed contractor: CSLB Cites 12 Unlicensed Operators in a San Fernando Sting

“CSLB Cites 12 Unlicensed Operators in a San Fernando Sting – one suspect given an additional citation for having cocaine.

During an undercover sting operation in Los Angeles County, investigators from the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) saw that some people don’t always learn their lesson the first time around. A total of 12 suspects were given citations for unlicensed contracting. One suspect was given an additional citation for having cocaine in his possession.

On December 7-8, 2016, CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team members posed as owners of a single-family home in San Fernando, east of Highway 5. They invited suspected unlicensed contractors to place bids on home improvement projects ranging from $2,500 for painting to $13,700 for concrete work. A state-issued contractor license is required for any home improvement job that costs $500 or more in combined labor and material. All 12 individuals caught during the sting operation were given a Notice to Appear in court for a possible charge of contracting without a license.

CSLB investigators were assisted by the Department of Consumer Affairs Division of Investigation .and the California Highway Patrol. During the citation process, DOI investigators discovered that an individual possessed cocaine. He received an additional citation for possession of a controlled substance.

All 12 of those charged with contracting without a license may also face charges for illegal advertising. California law requires unlicensed contractors to state in all forms of advertising that they are not licensed.”