On June 24th, 2014

CSLB Arrests 10 in Undercover Sting

csleaFREMONT  –   When ten men arrived, individually,  at a home in need of repairs in Fremont June 17, 2014, they held hopes of obtaining a job, instead, they were greeted by Contractors State License Board (CSLB) undercover investigators who busted them for contracting without a license.

The  investigators posed as homeowners and asked potential workers to bid on exterior painting, fencing  and concrete projects.  Bids ranged from $1,500 for redwood fencing to a $75,000 bid to fill in and cover an in-ground swimming pool.

The ten suspected unlicensed contractors arrived from as far away as Fairfield (65 miles), Stockton (61 miles), and Antioch (55 miles).

"These unlicensed contractors put homeowners risk, they put anyone they bring to work on the project at risk and they often bid lower than licensed contractors, essentially keeping the law-abiding contractors from getting work," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) which represents CSLB investigators.  "CSLB investigators conduct these stings statewide, year-round,  publicize the arrests, and still they have unlicensed contractors showing up to make bids."

All 10 suspects were cited for contracting without a licens.   In California, all home improvement jobs valued at $500 or more (combined labor and material costs) must be conducted by a company or person with a CSLB-issued license.

Each faces an additional misdemeanor charge of illegal. State law requires contractors to place their license number on all print, broadcast, and online advertisements. Those without a license can advertise for jobs valued at less than $500, but the ad must state that they are not a licensed contractor.

Arrested were:

Jesus A. Valdez Galindo

Fremont

Sebastian Sosa-Portela

Oakland

Rafael Arturo Salinas

San Jose

Johnathan David Whiles

Fremont

Mauro Maravilla Barajas

Fairfield

Jesus Magana

Stockton

Fernando Bernardo Mendez

Oakland

Jack Davis Toki

Fremont

Reynaldo Moctezuma Avalos

Hayward

Tuihoua Sau

Oakland

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