Sting Operation on Illegal Contracting

The District Attorney's office has found over a dozen people guilty of illegal contracting.

Posted: Nov. 2, 2018 5:22 PM
Updated: Nov. 5, 2018 10:18 AM

A two-day sting operation between the District Attorney's office and the Contractor's State License Board has led to thirteen citations.

Investigators posed as homeowners and got in touch with suspects believed not to have a contractors license. Thirteen people came to place bids.

10 suspects offered services for prices that ranged anywhere from $1,000 for painting to nearly $4,000 for a new patio.

"One is to protect the consumer against non-skilled workers that are out there doing projects, and also for the licensed contractors to have a level playing field," explains District Attorney Mike Ramsey on the investigation. 

A contractor license is required in California for projects valued over $500.

The penalty for a first-time misdemeanor conviction can include up to six months in jail and $5,000 in fines.

The penalty for a first-time misdemeanor conviction can include up to six months in jail and $5,000 in fines.

All 13 people cited are due in court December 7th.

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