OAKLEY – On October 10-12, 2018, the Contractors State License Board worked with the Oakley Police Department to conduct an undercover sting targeting those who contract for home improvement work without the necessary CSLB license.
The investigators set up shop in a home in Oakley, seeking bids on work that included sod and concrete, flooring, painting and a kitchen remodel. In the course of two days, they issued 25 Notice to Appear in court to possibly face criminal charges. Twenty-four suspects could be charged with contracting without a license, 23 of those suspects may also face illegal advertising charges. One suspect who could face both charges is a registered sex offender who was issued a citation for contracting without a license in 1999.
“These investigators and officers are working to protect consumers financially and to protect them from those who have committed crimes in the past,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “Consumers should only hire licensed contractors who have gone through a background check and passed tests, but not every consumer knows to check for this.”
To check a contractor license go to the CSLB website, or click here.