A recent sweep by a statewide joint task force targeting California's underground economy resulted in 104 enforcement actions, including citations issued in Yolo and El Dorado counties.
Detectives from the California Department of Insurance, the Contractors State License Board, Employment Development Department and various district attorneys' offices partnered for a series of sweeps June 20-21 at suspected illegal construction sites in 11 counties.
Violations included failure to carry workers' compensation insurance, under-reporting the number of workers to obtain cheaper insurance premiums or pay less payroll-withholding tax, and cash payments to hide unregulated practices.
In Woodland, investigators issued six stop orders for workers' comp violations and opened six investigations for insurance and tax fraud.
In El Dorado County, six citations were issued for workers' comp violations, and three investigations and audits were opened in South Lake Tahoe.
CDI suggests that consumers hiring a contractor contact CSLB at (800) 321-2752 or visit www.cslb.ca.gov to check a contractor's license number.
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