On November 6th, 2013

Protecting Californians from Illegal Contractors

"When you learn about  the types of people who want you to hire them as illegal contractors to work inside your home, you're happy to know state investigators work daily to catch them." - CSLEA President Alan Barcelona

A man, convicted of grand theft, property theft and driving under the influence was snared by Contractors State License Board  (CSLB) investigators October 23, in an undercover sting designed to catch illegal contractors. 

Suspect Sean Carpini showed up to bid for drywall work at a Yucaipa (San Bernardino County) mobile home park.  Investigators, acting as property owners, suspected Carpini may have been under the influence.  In addition to being arrested for contracting without a license and illegal advertising, Carpini went to jail after investigators discovered he was in possession of a controlled substance.

"This suspect already has prior convictions for theft and dui, shows up with a controlled substance and wants to work around you and your family.  I don't think so." said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA).  CSLB investigators are represented by CSLEA, along with nearly 7,000 other California law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals.  "When you learn about  the types of people who want you to hire them as illegal contractors to work inside your home, you're happy to know state investigators work daily to catch them."

Investigators also arrested Rafael Sanchez, who allegedly displayed a CSLB license that did not belong to him.  He also faces charges of contracting without a license and illegal advertising.

Two other men snared in sting were Nicolas Arreola and Jeffery Manka. 

Contracting without a license carries a penalty of up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000.  

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