SACRAMENTO – Undercover sting operations are the best way for the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to catch individuals in the act of contracting without a license. In order to continue these efforts to curb the underground economy, CSLB needs access to more residential and commercial properties to use as sting sites.
The stings are conducted by CSLB's Statewide Investigative Fraud Teams (SWIFT) with the assistance of state or local law enforcement agencies. Every year, investigators issue Notices to Appear in court to hundreds of unlicensed contractors during these undercover operations held year-round throughout California.
Licensed contractors have long been one of CSLB's main sources to find properties - whether occupied or unoccupied - for the one - and two-day operations. It's hoped that more licensees will back CSLB's commitment to leveling the playing field for licensed contractors that follow the rules by helping identify and secure sting properties.
There’s a need to find sting properties in areas affected by disastrous wildfires, as well as properties in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.
Ideal Properties include single family homes, small commercial buildings, especially in strip malls, and industrial buildings.
To learn more about these operations or offer a property for a future sting please contact the SWIFT office closest to you:
- Northern California 916.255.2924, SWIFTNorth@cslb.ca.gov
- Central California 559.490.0580, SWIFTCentral@cslb.ca.gov
- Southern California 562.345.7600, SWIFTSouth@cslb.ca.gov