Seventy-five people may face criminal charges after being caught in six simultaneous statewide undercover sting operations conducted this week by the Contractors State License Board.
Among those arrested during CSLB’s fall “California Blitz” were two registered sex offenders, two individuals with multiple prior felonies, three who had an active arrest warrant and a handful of people using contractor license numbers not belonging to them.
CSLB said 13 arrests were made in Placer County and eight in El Dorado County. Other arrests were made in Fresno, Monterey, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Investigators with CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team partnered with numerous state and local law enforcement agencies in stings where investigators posed as homeowners seeking bids for home improvements.
Of the 75 individuals arrested, 72 may face misdemeanor charges for contracting without a license. The penalty for a conviction is up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000. CSLB said 56 suspects also may be charged with illegal advertising; 10 others may be charged with requesting an excessive down payment.
Officials said the majority of those caught this week were identified through illegal ads posted on craigslist.org.