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 CSLB Sting Operations


   The Contractors State License Board of California (CSLB) periodically runs undercover sting operations as a consumer protection function.

   These operations help protect consumers from persons contracting without proper licensing and also no having workers' compensation insurance for persons they employ, even just daily helpers.

   If a worker or unlicensed contractor gets hurt or dies on your jobsite - you are likely to be liable and pay for things you never expected.   


   The licensing agency, CSLB, is there to help avoid these problems. But, they cannot help if you hire unlicensed persons looking for a better price or workers working for cash without insurance. It’s a big gamble, so check the license first and be a cautious consumer - for your protection.



September 28, 2012 - CSLB #12-31

Contractors State License Board Catches
Eight in Clovis Undercover Sting

Unlicensed individuals violate multiple state contracting laws


   SACRAMENTO – Eight people were issued notices to appear in Fresno Superior Court and two others are under further investigation after the Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) – with assistance from the Clovis Police Department and the Department of Insurance – conducted an undercover sting operation at a Clovis house on September 25, 2012.

   The SWIFT team used advertisements from local newspapers, craigslist, and internal referrals to schedule home improvement bids for painting, landscaping, concrete, and fence work. All home improvement jobs valued at $500 or more (combined labor and material costs) must be conducted by a company or person with a contractor license issued by CSLB (Business and Professions Code section 7028).

   Five of the phony contractors also were issued Stop Orders for failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance. CSLB investigators can halt job site activity when any person with or without a contractor license does not have workers’ compensation insurance coverage for employees. Failure to comply with a Stop Order can result in misdemeanor charges and penalties, including 60 days in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines. Five of the individuals also were cited for violating contractor advertising laws, which require the contractor license number to be included in all forms of advertising (Business and Professions Code section 7027.1).

   “Unlicensed individuals pose a risk to consumers and undermine California’s economy,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Always ask for a state contractor license number and confirm the license history on CSLB’s website before hiring anyone to do work in or around your home.”

   The eight who received NTAs are scheduled for arraignment at Fresno County Superior Court, 1100 N. Van Ness Avenue, Department 402, on either November 13, 2012 or November 27, 2012.


CSLB urges consumers to follow these tips before hiring anyone to work on their home:

· Only hire licensed contractors and ask to see their license and a photo ID to verify their identity. California law requires a license for all home improvement contracts with a combined cost of more than $500 for labor and materials.
· Always check the license number on CSLB’s Instant License Check feature.
· Never make a down payment of more than 10 percent of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less.
· Don’t pay in cash, and don’t let payments get ahead of the work.
· Get at least three bids, check references, get a written contract, and make sure you understand all terms before signing the contract.
· If a contractor has employees, make sure they are covered by a workers’ compensation insurance policy, which is noted on the license detail page on CSLB’s website. Otherwise, if a worker is injured on the job, the property owner could be liable for medical and other expenses.

   The Contractors State License Board operates under the umbrella of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. More information and publications about hiring contractors are available on CSLB’s website or by calling (800) 321-CSLB (2752).


Source: From: "Contractors State License Board@CSLB" <CSLBINFO@CSLB.CA.GOV>



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