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Sting operation in Sacramento, Roseville cites 23 unlicensed contractors

Nearly two dozen suspected unlicensed contractors were cited in separate undercover sting operations conducted over the past week in Sacramento and Roseville by the Contractors State License Board.

CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team, or SWIFT for short, said nine misdemeanor citations were issued during a one-day sting Tuesday at a Sacramento home. Another 14 contractors were cited for illegal contracting during a Feb. 18-19 sting at a home near the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville.

SWIFT investigators were assisted by he Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.

In both stings, SWIFT investigators used Craigslist, business cards, print advertisements and referrals to contact suspected illegal contractors, seeking work on various home projects. All those cited for not having a CSLB license also face misdemeanor charges of illegal advertising.

The nine Sacramento suspects are scheduled to appear June 29 in Sacramento County Superior Court; the 14 misdemeanor cases from the Roseville sting are scheduled to be heard on March 17 in Placer County Superior Court.

CSLB encourages consumers to verify licensed contractors by visiting cslb.ca.gov or by calling (800) 321-2752.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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