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83 Unlicensed Contractors Feel Sting of CSLB’s Spring Blitz

Statewide undercover operation uncovers a variety of illegal contracting practices in six cities

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SACRAMENTO – Investigators with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) caught 83 persons flouting the state’s construction and home repair contracting laws during CSLB’s annual “Spring Blitz” sting operation April 5-7, 2016, in six cities throughout California.

CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Teams (SWIFT) conducted the operations at houses offered for the purpose in Bakersfield (Kern County), Salinas (Monterey County), Santa Ana (Orange County), Santa Rosa (Sonoma County), Yuba City (Sutter County), and Yucaipa (San Bernardino County). Local law enforcement agencies and state agencies lent assistance to SWIFT investigators. Authorities had the most success rounding up unlicensed contractors in Bakersfield, where 21 persons received citations for illegal contracting during the two-day sting there April 5-6. CSLB’s operation in Santa Ana netted the next highest number of citations with 18, while 15 persons were cited in the Salinas sting on April 6-7.

“We find that sting operations are the most effective way to gauge the level of illegal contracting in an area, and send a message to those contracting without a license,” said CSLB Registrar Cindi Christenson. “Unfortunately, despite our year-round efforts to deter this illegal activity, unlicensed contractors still think they can beat the system and do work that they’re not qualified for.”

SWIFT investigators who set up operations in each city scoured online advertising sites, newspapers, phone books, local fliers and business cards to find persons suspected of performing illegal contracting work. Complaints to CSLB and local government agencies about particular contractors also helped fill out the contact list. State law requires a contractor license for construction or home repair work that totals $500 or more for materials and/or labor.

Investigators then evaluated each property to come up with a list of possible projects. For this Spring Blitz, those suspected of illegal contracting were invited to compete for painting, landscaping, cabinetry, flooring, garage door installation, fencing, plumbing, concrete, and tree removal work at the various sites. All 83 persons were given Notices to Appear in their respective superior courts for contracting without a license (Business and Professions Code section 7028). The penalty for a first conviction is up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

In addition, 69 were cited on a charge of illegal advertising (Business and Professions Code section 7027.1). State law requires contractors to place their license number in all print, broadcast, and online advertisements. Those without a license can advertise to perform jobs valued at less than $500, but the ad must state that they are not a licensed contractor. Violators can be fined $700 to $1,000.

In Bakersfield, 11 of the 21 cited did not have workers’ compensation (WC) insurance (Labor Code §3700.5), which puts workers at risk of not being covered if they are injured and exposes homeowners to liability for on-site injuries.

Blitz totals may increase as some suspects are expected to provide their bids at a later date to undercover investigators via text, email or fax.

“We will be doing more stings and construction site inspections around this state this year,” Christenson warned, “so those who are not properly licensed should beware. We also urge consumers who plan on hiring for home repair or construction to check the license status of those they’re considering on CSLB’s website.”

STING NOTES

Contact CSLB for list of those who received citations.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
  • Three of the 11 phony contractors cited for lack of WC insurance also were issued Stop Orders (Business and Professions Code section 7127). CSLB investigators can halt job site activity when any person, with or without a contractor license, does not have WC insurance coverage for employees. Failure to comply with a Stop Order can result in misdemeanor charges and penalties, including 60 days in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
Salinas (Monterey County)
  • One bidder was transported to jail after it was discovered he was sought on a bench warrant for an alleged child support violation and suspended driver’s license.
  • Two men who were repeat unlicensed contracting offenders were caught again.
Santa Ana (Orange County)
  • Five repeat illegal contracting offenders were among the 18 cited. One had $60,000 in outstanding warrants related to a previous sting operation and a failure to appear in court on those misdemeanor charges. One unlicensed contractor submitted a $27,700 bid for a concrete project, the highest quote of all received during the Spring Blitz.
Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
  • Offers to perform landscaping projects at the house, in the Oakmont Village senior community, elicited the highest bids for this operation: one for $8,145 and the other for $5,000.
Yuba City (Sutter County)
  • This operation turned into more of an educational session for some unlicensed contractors, including one who did the right thing and declined to bid on a project, instead recommending that licensed professionals do the work.
Yucaipa (San Bernardino County)
  • One man who was cited for illegal contracting found himself in deeper trouble when a records check revealed he was wanted on a $10,000 traffic warrant. He was given a Notice to Appear in court on that charge.

Partnering agencies are noted below.

Location Notices to Appear Partner Agencies
Bakersfield
Kern County
21 Kern County District Attorney’s Office
California Department of Insurance
Salinas
Monterey County
15 Monterey County District Attorney’s Office
Salinas Police Department
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County
13 Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office
Santa Ana
Orange County
18 Orange County District Attorney’s Office
California Highway Patrol
Yuba City
Sutter County
6 Sutter/Yolo County District Attorney’s Offices
Yucaipa
San Bernardino County
10 San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office

The California Contractors State License Board operates under the umbrella of the Department of Consumer Affairs. CSLB licenses and regulates almost 290,000 contractors in California, and is regarded as one of the leading consumer protection agencies in the United States. In fiscal year 2014-15, CSLB helped recover nearly $68 million in ordered restitution for consumers.

 

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2016
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2015
Bullet Item 12/9/2015 CSLB Stages United Front Against Unlicensed Contractors in San Benito
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Bullet Item 11/18/2015 Contractors State License Board Investigators Make What May Be Easiest Arrest Ever of Unlicensed Contractor
Bullet Item 10/19/2015 Contractors Board Puts Sting on Unlicensed Contractors in Statewide Undercover Operation
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Bullet Item 02/25/2015 CSLB Finds Repeat Offenders in Alhambra Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 02/18/2015 Contractors State License Board Teams with Local Agencies to Target Orange County Unlicensed Contractors
Bullet Item 02/18/2015 Bogus Contractor with Criminal Past Among Fresno-Area Sting Suspects
Bullet Item 02/11/2015 Contractors State License Board Releases Information on Licensee Arrested in San Diego TV Sports Anchor Shooting
Bullet Item 02/02/2015 CSLB Tosses Wrench into Illegal Los Angeles County Contracting Plans
Bullet Item 02/02/2015 Craigslist Remains Fertile Ground for Predatory Unlicensed Contractors in California
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2014
Bullet Item 12/29/2014 CSLB Holiday Sting Targets Fake Contractors in Monterey County
Bullet Item 12/17/2014 Cindi Christenson Named Contractors State License Board Registrar of Contractors
Bullet Item 12/03/2014 Contractors State License Board Urges Storm Victims to “Check the License First” Before Making Repairs
Bullet Item 11/17/2014 CSLB Puts Stop to Unlicensed Contractors in Hanford
Bullet Item 11/10/2014 CSLB Catches Felons, Other Known Criminals in Statewide Undercover Sting Operations
Bullet Item 10/27/2014 Check Out Contractor First: 10 Cited in Simi Valley Sting
Bullet Item 10/20/2014 Watch Out for Contractors Who Try to ‘Share’ a License
Bullet Item 10/09/2014 Contractors State License Board Goes Undercover to Catch Unlicensed Contractors in South Napa Earthquake Sting Operation
Bullet Item 09/30/2014 Contractors Board Finds Fresno Craigslist Fertile Ground for Unlicensed Activity
Bullet Item 09/29/2014 CSLB Catches Five in Crestline/Lake Arrowhead Sting Operation
Bullet Item 09/24/2014 Where There’s Smoke, There’s…Unlicensed Contracting
Bullet Item 08/29/2014 CSLB Catches Phony Contractors Red-Handed in Red Bluff
Bullet Item 08/24/2014 CSLB Urges Napa Earthquake Victims to Only Hire Licensed Contractors for Repairs
Bullet Item 08/21/2014 CSLB Sting Uses Craigslist to Target Phony Contractors in Ventura County
Bullet Item 08/13/2014 CSLB Uses Team Approach in Santa Monica Contractor Sting
Bullet Item 07/31/2014 Contractors Board and Local District Attorneys Warn Unlicensed Contractors to Stay Away from Sand Fire Burn Areas
Bullet Item 07/22/2014 CSLB Warns Consumers about Deceptive Home Improvement Offers, Contract Cancellation Rights
Bullet Item 07/18/2014 Sex Offenders, Convicted Felons Snagged in Contractors State License Board Statewide Sting
Bullet Item 07/01/2014 CSLB Undercover Sting in Folsom Draws Full House of Unlicensed Operators
Bullet Item 06/25/2014 CSLB Arrests 10 Illegal Contracting Suspects During Alameda County Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 06/05/2014 Ten Unlicensed Contractors Arrested in San Marcos Wildfire Area
Bullet Item 06/03/2014 CSLB Sting in Seaside Drives Home the Importance of Verifying a Contractor License Number
Bullet Item 05/30/2014 CSLB Sting Snares 12 Illegal Contracting Suspects in San Mateo County
Bullet Item 05/13/2014 Another Subcontractor on Large Southern California Project Told To Halt Work, Fined for Not Having Contractors License
Bullet Item 05/05/2014 Illegal Contractor Wanted for DUI, Domestic Violence Arrested in Bakersfield CSLB Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 05/02/2014 California, Nevada Stage ‘Border Blitz’ Against Phony Contractors
Bullet Item 04/30/2014 Lesson Not Learned for Repeat Offenders Caught in CSLB Sting Operations
Bullet Item 04/11/2014 Part of $150 Million San Diego Construction Project Stopped after Sub-Contractor Cited for Not Having Contractors License
Bullet Item 04/01/2014 More than 120 Unlicensed Contractors Caught by CSLB in California Blitz
Bullet Item 02/27/2014 Ragtag Assortment of Suspects Arrested in Pioneer CSLB Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 02/10/2014 CSLB Consumer Alert: Nevada Most Wanted Suspects May Be Working in Northern California
Bullet Item 02/05/2014 Grass Definitely Not Greener for Those Caught in CSLB Sting
Bullet Item 01/21/2014 Drought Resistant Landscaping New Target for Illegal Contractors in Rancho Murieta CSLB Sting
Bullet Item 01/17/2014 Six Illegal Contractors Caught during CSLB Sting in Rural Fresno County Town
Bullet Item 01/16/2014 CSLB Undercover Sting Nets 18 Suspects in Culver City
2013
Bullet Item 12/20/2013 Convicted Rapist Nabbed in Sacramento County Contractors State License Board Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 11/26/2013 Unusual Weekend CSLB Sting in Roseville Yields Big Results
Bullet Item 11/26/2013 Fake San Diego Area Contractors Caught by CSLB during Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 11/22/2013 It Was Raining Illegal Contractors at Hayward CSLB Sting Operation
Bullet Item 11/8/2013 CSLB Undercover Sting in Artesia Catches All First_Time Offenders
Bullet Item 10/25/2013 Repeat Offenders Caught Working Illegally in Yucaipa by Contractors State License Board
Bullet Item 10/18/2013 Fifteen Unlicensed Operators Caught in One_Day Kern County Undercover Sting Conducted by Contractors State License Board
Bullet Item 10/14/2013 Sex Offenders, Convicted Felons Snagged in Contractors State License Board Statewide Sting
Bullet Item 9/27/2013 CSLB Undercover Sting in Santa Monica Leaves Unlicensed Painters Feeling Blue
Bullet Item 9/4/2013 Unlicensed Contractor Convicted in Monterey County Elder Abuse Case Sentenced to State Prison
Bullet Item 8/30/2013 Unlicensed Electrician Being Held Without Bail After Arrest at Monterey County Superior Court House
Bullet Item 8/29/2013 Fake Contractors, and Real Ones Not Following Rules Get Surprised at CSLB Roseville Sting
Bullet Item 8/27/2013 Ventura County Grand Jury Indicts Revoked CSLB Licensee Avi Gozlan after Elaborate Scheme to Defraud Consumers
Bullet Item 8/9/2013 CSLB Sting in Hanford Finds Phony Contractors Duping Consumers Out of Illegal Down Payments
Bullet Item 8/2/2013 CSLB Picks Off Illegal Contractors in Napa Sting Operation
Bullet Item 7/29/2013 15 Feel the Sting from CSLB for Illegal Contracting in Concord
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Bullet Item 7/12/2013 CSLB Alerts Central Coast Residents about Illegal Electrician
Bullet Item 6/20/2013 Illegal Contractors Advertising on Internet Still Being Caught in Los Angeles Area CSLB Stings
Bullet Item 6/11/2013 CSLB Catches Several Contractors with Revoked, Expired Licenses in Rancho Cordova
Bullet Item 5/30/2013 CSLB Stings a Dozen Fake Contractors in Central Valley Enforcement Operation
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Bullet Item 4/4/2013 Two SoCal Men Added to CSLB’s Most Wanted List, One Arrested in Fresno
Bullet Item 3/26/2013 Arrest Made in Scam Targeting CSLB Applicants, Licensees
Bullet Item 3/18/2013 Contractors State License Board Cracks Down on Unlicensed Activity during California Blitz Operation
Bullet Item 2/28/2013 Eight Unlicensed Contractors Caught in San Jose Neighborhood
Bullet Item 2/23/2013 CSLB’s Oakdale Sting Turns Up DUI Violator, Illegal Contractors
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Bullet Item 2/19/2013 No Love Lost for Valentine’s Day Contracting Law Violators
Bullet Item 2/19/2013 Contractors State License Board Investigation Leads to Arrest, Multiple Felony Charges in Multi_Million Dollar Case
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Bullet Item 1/22/2013 Former Unlicensed Contractor Helps CSLB Sting His Competition
2012
Bullet Item 12/31/2012 New, Revised Laws Affect State Contracting Practices
Bullet Item 12/19/2012 Double Trouble: No Contractor License or Workers’ Comp Insurance
Bullet Item 12/12/2012 Illegal Contractors Get a Holiday Surprise in Cameron Park
Bullet Item 12/5/2012 CSLB Catches Dozen Unlicensed Operators in Camarillo Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 12/3/2012 CSLB Reminds Storm Victims to Check the License First Before Making Repairs
Bullet Item 11/9/2012 CSLB Uses Disciplinary Tools on Unlicensed Contractors Caught in Fair Oaks Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 10/19/2012 CSLB Cracks Down on Unlicensed Activity during California Blitz
Bullet Item 10/5/2012 Craigslist Again Serves as Fertile Ground to Identify Illegal and Deceptive Ads for CSLB Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 9/28/2012 CSLB Catches Eight in Clovis Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 9/19/2012 CSLB Turns Up Heat on Illegal and Deceptive Internet Advertisements
Bullet Item 8/31/2012 CSLB Catches Repeat Offender in Butte County Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 8/28/2012 Unlicensed Tree Trimmer Faces Felony Charge after CSLB Targeted Sting in Monterey County
Bullet Item 8/15/2012 CSLB Warns Consumers Not to Pay More than 10 Percent Up Front
Bullet Item 8/1/2012 Illegal Operator Learns the Hard Way in Riverside County
Bullet Item 7/30/2012 Dozen Caught in CSLB Scotts Valley Sting Operation
Bullet Item 7/26/2012 Six Phony Home Improvement Contractors Snared in San Bernardino
Bullet Item 7/13/2012 Nine Caught Unlawfully Contracting in Siskiyou County
Bullet Item 7/9/2012 Operation Underground Takes Aim at ""Off the Books"" Activity
Bullet Item 6/29/2012 Construction Lien Protection Laws Change July 1, 2012
Bullet Item 6/20/2012 CSLB Warns Consumers about Illegal and Deceptive Internet Advertisements
Bullet Item 5/29/2012 CSLB Busts Repeat Offender and Eight Others in Fresno for Home Improvement Contracting Fraud
Bullet Item 5/25/2012 Bay Area Serial Offender Lands Back on CSLB’s Most Wanted List
Bullet Item 5/18/2012 Second Annual Cal-Neva Border Blitz Nets 16 Phony Contractors
Bullet Item 4/30/2012 CSLB Targets Fraudulent Home Improvement Contractor in Fresno
Bullet Item 4/27/2012 Expired Licensee and Others Contracting Unlawfully Caught in Lincoln
Bullet Item 4/25/2012 CSLB Sting Finds Fraudulent Use of Contractor Licenses and Other Violations
Bullet Item 4/23/2012 Convicted Thief Among Those Caught in CSLB Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 3/22/2012 CSLB and Partners Hit Unlicensed Contractors with One-Two-Three Punch
Bullet Item 3/16/2012 CSLB Catches 110 in Statewide Series of Undercover Stings
Bullet Item 3/8/2012 Five-Day Bay Area Sting Operation Targets Workers’ Compensation Violators
Bullet Item 2/24/2012 CSLB and Partners Sink Orange County Swimming Pool Pariah
Bullet Item 2/22/2012 CSLB Doesn’t Have to Go Far to Arrest Revoked Licensee
Bullet Item 2/13/2012 Illegal Operator Corrects Offenses after Three CSLB Busts
Bullet Item 2/10/2012 Speedy Suspect Can Run But Not Hide from SWIFT
Bullet Item 2/3/2012 CSLB Suspends Contractor License after Worker Death in Milpitas
Bullet Item 1/23/2012 Scammer on Felony Probation Snared in CSLB Sting
Bullet Item 1/20/2012 CSLB and Partners Put Freeze on Unlicensed Home Improvement Contracting
Bullet Item 1/18/2012 CSLB Fresno Sting Sends 21 to Court for Ripping Off Consumers
2011
Bullet Item 12/30/2011 Homeowner Protection and Responsibility to Increase in the New Year
Bullet Item 12/2/2011 CSLB Encourages Vigilance When Making Wind Storm Repair
Bullet Item 12/2/2011 Gusty Winds Don’t Slow Down CSLB Undercover Sting in San Joaquin County
Bullet Item 11/22/2011 San Jose Undercover Operation Turns up a Dozen Unlicensed, Uninsured Operators Contracting for Home Improvement Projects
Bullet Item 11/16/2011 Changing Your HVAC System? Don’t Forget Permits
Bullet Item 10/18/2011 CSLB’s Statewide California Blitz Sends 113 to Court
Bullet Item 10/7/2011 It’s Déjà vu All Over Again for Unlicensed, Uninsured Tree Trimmer
Bullet Item 10/5/2011 Illegal Operator on Revoked License Convicted of Failing to Insure Workers
Bullet Item 10/4/2011 Déjà vu is Costly for Unlicensed, Uninsured Tree Trimmer
Bullet Item 9/8/2011 Merced Undercover Operation Stops Unlicensed, Uninsured Operators from Contracting for Home Improvement
Bullet Item 9/6/2011 CSLB Sting Sends One Illegal Operator to Jail and May Disconnect Another
Bullet Item 9/2/2011 Clovis Undercover Operation Nets 16 for Home Improvement and Insurance Violations
Bullet Item 8/15/2011 CSLB Revokes License of Once-Prominent Sacramento Area Restaurateur and Developer
Bullet Item 8/12/2011 Unlicensed Operators Busted for Soliciting Illegally Large Down Payments and Using Bogus Licenses
Bullet Item 8/1/2011 After Five Years, CSLB Finally Able to Close Aquarius Pools Case
Bullet Item 7/22/2011 CSLB Pulls Out All the Stop Orders at Kern County Undercover Operation
Bullet Item 7/6/2011 Illegal, Unlicensed Operator Pleads Guilty to Contracting and Insurance Fraud
Bullet Item 7/6/2011 CSLB and Partners Sting 15 for Contracting Without Licenses
Bullet Item 6/24/2011 Eight Phony Contractors Caught in West Covina Sting
Bullet Item 6/23/2011 Underground Economy Targeted in Two-Day Statewide Sweep & Sting Operation
Bullet Item 6/21/2011 CSLB Goes Undercover to Sting 11 in Woodland
Bullet Item 6/20/2011 Suspended and Expired Licensees Among Those Cited in Santa Cruz Sting
Bullet Item 6/17/2011 CSLB Most Wanted Offender Arrested
Bullet Item 6/3/2011 Revoked Licensees and Repeat Offender Among Those Illegally Contracting in La Jolla
Bullet Item 5/20/2011 First Ever Cal-Neva Border Blitz Targets Unlicensed Operators
Bullet Item 5/20/2011 Bakersfield Tree Service Scammer Sentenced to Jail on Third Conviction
Bullet Item 5/9/2011 Contractor with Revoked License Sentenced in Amador County
Bullet Item 4/25/2011 CSLB Teams Up with South Pasadena Police to Send Message to Illegal Operators
Bullet Item 4/22/2011 Two Repeat Offenders Among 10 Nabbed in Chico Sting
Bullet Item 4/14/2011 CSLB Recognizes Monterey County District Attorney’s Office
Bullet Item 3/11/2011 CSLB Blitzes 135 in Statewide Undercover Sting Operations
Bullet Item 2/25/2011 Fire Protection Contractor Faces 30 Years in Prison After Conviction on Dozens of Felony Counts
Bullet Item 2/15/2011 New CSLB Web Feature Lets You Check a Contractor’s License Right from Your Mobile Device
Bullet Item 2/11/2011 Repeat Offender Caught in CSLB Tehama County Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 2/11/2011 Several Phony Contractors Caught in CSLB Sting End Up Walking Away
Bullet Item 2/8/2011 CSLB Identifies Phony Contractors in Ridgecrest Undercover Sting
Bullet Item 2/4/2011 Undercover Sting Highlights Danger to Riverside County Seniors Who Hire Unlicensed Contractors
Bullet Item 2/2/2011 Registered Sex Offender among those Contracting Without a License in Fresno County Sting
Bullet Item 1/13/2011 Monterey Residents Face Criminal Charges for Fraudulently Using Contractor License Numbers
 
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