Sting nabs unlicensed California contractors

Nov 11, 2014 2:12 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State officials say they have nabbed 112 unlicensed contractors as part of a sting targeting illegal home repairs in seven cities.

Investigators from the California Contractors State License Board posed as homeowners seeking bids for home improvements in the two-day sting last week.

All 112 may now face misdemeanor charges for contracting without a license. The agency says 11 of those who were arrested are repeat offenders.

Eighty-eight suspects also may be charged with illegal advertising, and six others may be charged with requesting an excessive down payment.

Five of the suspects had outstanding arrest warrants, two were on probation and one was a registered sex offender.

The stings took place in Alhambra, Aptos, Castro Valley, Chula Vista, Montecito, Rancho Mirage and West Sacramento.

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