In an effort to protect consumers, level the playing field for licensed contractors and to help curb the underground economy, our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members who are investigators with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) go undercover and arrest unlicensed contractors.
Last week's sting in El Dorado County resulted in 10 arrests. One of the suspects was cited by investigators for having an expired contractor's license and making false workers' compensation insurance claims. He also went to jail on an outstanding DUI warrant.
"The investigators went in, just as they always do, and posed as homeowners looking to hire someone for home improvement projects," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "These investigators are constantly chipping away at the underground economy and at the same time protecting property owners. "
Hiring an unlicensed and/or uninsured worker can put property owners at risk, financially, especially if a worker is hurt on the job.
Nine of the 10 suspects cited by CSLB face charges of contracting without a license. Eight face an additional charge of illegal advertising.