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Shasta DA: Unlicensed contractor charged with grand theft

The matter has been investigated by the Contractors State License Board.

Posted: Jan 8, 2020 8:29 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - An unlicensed contractor has been charged with grand theft after officials say victims paid him to do almost $3,000 worth of repairs that he never even began.

On Jan. 8, the Shasta County District Attorney announced they had filed Grand Theft and Contracting Without a License charges against Gregory Scott Gallagher.

Officials say Gallagher, through his company Vintage Barrel Works, was paid a $1,400 deposit for a $2,800 home improvement project.

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Days later, Gallagher abandoned the project before beginning any repairs and did not return the victims' payment.

Here are tips shared by the DA to avoid hiring the wrong contractor:

  • Verify a contractor's license for any work over $500 (a license number on a business card may only be a business license number and not a licensed contractor number).
  • Verify the contractor's license by checking online at www.cslb.ca.gov
  • Avoid rushing into repairs. Take the time to get at least three bids
  • Don't pay more than 10 percent down or $1,000 - whichever is less.
  • Don't pay cash, and don't let the payments get ahead of the work.
  • Check references and get a written contract for the project.

Gallagher's case has been investigated by the Contractors State License Board.

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