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Contractors State License Board sting operation in Folsom nets 11 suspects

Nearly a dozen suspected unlicensed contractors were cited in an undercover sting operation conducted in Folsom last week by the Contractors State License Board.

CSLB said 11 suspects submitted bids last Thursday for construction work at a relatively new two-story home near Folsom Lake College. Officials said that the unlicensed operators made bids as high as $10,000 to investigators posing as homeowners. CLSB said bids were related to exterior work such as painting, fencing, landscaping, as well as work on retaining walls and swimming pools.

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

All 11 suspects were cited for contracting without a license. Nine face an additional misdemeanor charge of illegal advertising. About 70 percent of the suspect leads were found on Craigslist, officials said.

Cited suspects scheduled to appear in September in Sacramento County Superior Court are Christopher Cunningham, Alejandro Diaz and Abenida Olenslager of Sacramento; Jason Muller of West Sacramento; Patrick Beals of Folsom; Joshua Valencia of Carmichael; Gabriel Cortez, Soroosh Reinhanihoseinabad and Bruce Aziz of Citrus Heights; Jose Tolentino or Roseville and Gregory Hayes of Grass Valley.