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12 home improvement contractors arrested


12 home improvement contractors arrested

12 home improvement contractors arrested
News from The Almanac Online:

By Joan Dentler, Bay City News Service

An undercover sting operation resulted in the arrest Thursday of 12 home improvement contractors suspected of doing business in San Mateo County without a license, according to a statewide agency that oversees licensed contractors.

The sting took place at a commercial property in Belmont, and was carried out by members of the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team who posed as property owners.

SWIFT members asked suspects to bid on painting, drywall and flooring projects ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 14,000, according to Rick Lopes, a spokesman for the California Contractors State License Board.

In California, all home improvement jobs valued at $ 500 or more must be conducted by a company or person with a CSLB-issued license, Lopes said.

All 12 suspects were cited for contracting without a license, and one, an East Palo Alto man, was also cited by CSLB on an unrelated $ 5,000 warrant for driving with a suspended license.

In addition, 10 of the 12 suspects were cited on a misdemeanor charge of illegal advertising. Lopes said seven suspects were contacted through ads on craigslist.org, while five were called from business…………… continues on The Almanac Online

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