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CSLB Rounds up More Than 150 in Statewide Undercover Enforcement Operation

California Blitz simultaneously targets illegal operators in seven different locations

SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) announces the results of its biggest undercover operation ever. Last week (March 14-15) the CSLB conducted a California Blitz, consisting of seven different sting operations in seven different cities, simultaneously. The CSLB's entire Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) was involved in the operation, which is aimed at combating the underground economy.

A total of 167 people were arrested and issued a Notice to Appear (NTA). They will have to go before a Superior court judge to answer the misdemeanor charges, which could lead to a penalty of six months in jail and/or $1,000 fine. 15 suspects were arrested and transported to jail, including an unregistered sex offender with a no bail warrant for parole violation.

The cities involved with two-day stings were Escondido (San Diego County), Orange (Orange County), Hemet (Riverside County), and Redondo Beach (Los Angeles County), Brentwood (Contra Costa County) and Sacramento (Sacramento County). A one-day sting was held in Davis (Yolo County).

"We could only pull off this type of operation with the cooperation of industry, local cities and law enforcement agencies, District Attorneys, and our partners in the Fraud Division at the Department of Insurance," said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. "Each of these groups stepped up to show their commitment to going after those who contract without a license and break other laws."

Here is a round-up of each sting operation:

Location Escondido (San Diego County)
March 15-16, 2007 - Sting Only
Partners Escondido Police Department
Escondido Code Enforcement Division
San Diego County District Attorney's Office
Department of Insurance
Results 29 Notices to Appear
One Licensee Citation
Three Pending Administrative Actions
27 Notices to Appear (Building Permit Violation)
Noteworthy Case Richard Remington, an unlicensed painter, insisted to the undercover officers that he be paid in cash because he didn't want to jeopardize his Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. That got Mr. Remington, a convicted felon, a visit from two special agents from the Social Security Administration. In addition, Remington was driving with a suspended license, so his car was towed away and impounded.
Location Orange (Orange County)
March 15-16, 2007 - Sting & Sweep
Partners Orange Police Department
Orange County District Attorney's Office
Department of Insurance-Fraud Division
Results 30 Notices to Appear
Seven Pending Administrative Actions
Location Hemet (Riverside County)
March 15-16, 2007 - Sting Only
Partners Riverside County Sheriff's Department
Riverside County District Attorney's Office
Department of Insurance-Fraud Division
Results 29 Notices to Appear
One Licensee Citation
14 Pending Administrative Actions
Location Redondo Beach (Los Angeles County)
March 15-16, 2007 - Sting & Sweep
Partners Redondo Beach Police Department
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Department of Insurance-Fraud Division
Results 36 Notices to Appear
Five Licensee Citation
Five Non-Licensee Citations
Six Pending Administrative Actions
One Workers Compensation Insurance Violation
Noteworthy Case Repeat-offender Blaine Lewis was arrested on an outstanding $10,000 warrant. He was also driving with a suspended license and his vehicle was towed and impounded. During simultaneous sweep operation, a NTA was issued to Edwin Mayorga, who was also arrested for a $3,000 warrant (Driving Under the Influence). Wilson Remberto Zavala Perez, an unlicensed painter, was arrested and transferred to Los Angeles County Jail. He is a child sexual predator/unregistered sex offender. He was arrested on a no bail warrant due to parole violations.
Location Brentwood (Contra Costa County)
March 15-16, 2007 - Sting Only
Partners Brentwood Police Department
Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office
Department of Insurance-Fraud Division
Results 15 Notices to Appear
Four Non-Licensee Citations
Four Licensee Citations
Location Sacramento (Sacramento County)
March 15-16, 2007 - Sting Only
Partners Sacramento Police Department
Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
Department of Insurance-Fraud Division
Results 17 Notices to Appear
11 Licensee Citations
Three Warning Letters
Five Citations Issued by Sacramento Police Officers
Noteworthy Case One person arrested with an active arrest warrant told officers that he tested positive for tuberculosis the previous week. The sting had to be shut down and all staff present had to undergo a tuberculosis test. Later it was determined that the individual arrested was found to not be positive for the disease.
Location Davis (Yolo County)
March 15-16, 2007 - Sting Only
Partners Davis Police Department
Yolo County District Attorney's Office
Department of Insurance-Fraud Division
Results 11 Notices to Appear
Two Licensee Citations

The CSLB's SWIFT Unit conducts on the average of one sting per week somewhere in California. The CSLB licenses and regulates California's 308,000 contractors, and investigates more than 20,000 complaints against contractors annually. In fiscal year 2005-06, the CSLB helped consumers get more than $36 million in restitution. To learn more about the CSLB, visit our Website at www.cslb.ca.gov.

 

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