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Natomas sting nets 11 for allegedly bidding without a contractor license

A state sting caught 11 men in Natomas allegedly contracting without a license.

The undercover sting by the Contractors State License Board, assisted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, resulted in the issuing of 11 misdemeanor illegal contracting citations on Thursday and Friday.

The unlicensed workers were contacted through online ads, pamphlets and newspaper advertisements. The sting was conducted at a single-family home in Natomas.

The state investigators posed as homeowners seeking bids for home projects, including fencing, painting and tankless water heater installation.

The bids averaged about $2,300. Any project of $500 or more in labor and materials must be performed by a contractor with a state license.

Two men cited in the sting were previous offenders. One had been caught in a sting three years ago in El Dorado County. He was given probation and a fine in that case. The other man was on probation for a 2014 unlicensed contracting conviction.

The suspects were issued a notice to appear in court for contracting without a license.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews