SACRAMENTO – Teams from California’s Contractors State License Board (CSLB) conducted two stings this month targeting unlicensed contractors in Sacramento County’s Gold River community as well as Paso Robles near the central coast.
“These undercover operations not only work to protect consumers, they also work to protect licensed contractors who often lose potential jobs to unlicensed contractors who can come in with extremely low bids,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.
The sting conducted in Gold River resulted in 13 people cited for contracting without a license. One of those cited is a suspected repeat offender. He was busted in a CSLB sting in Roseville in 2018.
In Paso Robles, CSLB caught 14 people suspected of contacting without a license. In addition, one suspect was in possession of methamphetamine and heroin.
During these stings, CSLB investigators pose as property owners accepting bids on home improvement projects. If a bid is above $500 dollars, materials and labor combined, and the bidder does not have a CSLB license, he or she is cited.
“Protect your family and your investments by checking to see if the person you are hiring is a licensed contractor with insurance,” said Barcelona. “CSLB makes it simple, just check out their website.”