SACRAMENTO—A state sting resulted in citations for 11 men last week in Natomas who allegedly were contracting without a license.
Investigators posed as homeowners seeking bids for fencing, painting and tankless water heater installations in an undercover sting by the Contractors State License Board. Assisted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, 11 misdemeanor illegal contracting citations were issued on August 27 and 28.
The sting was conducted at a single-family residence in Natomas where unlicensed workers were contacted through online ads, newspaper ads and pamphlets.
The bids in the stings averaged $2,300. In California, any project of $500 or more in labor and materials must be performed by state licensed contractor
Two men cited in the sting were previous offenders. One had been caught in an El Dorado County sting in 2011. At that time he was fined and given probation. The other man was on probation for a 2014 unlicensed contracting conviction.
All the suspects were issued notices to appear in court for contracting without a license.