California's Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has been operating undercover sting operations for sometime. Recently, the CSLB has been targeting unlicensed activity throughout the state of California. Most recently the CSLB has targeted Alameda County and Folsom. For a more detailed article on the topic please see our recent article here.
In March, 2014, a number of individuals were arrested for various alleged misdemeanors including contracting without a license (Business and Professions Code Section 7028), illegal advertising (B & P Section 7027.1), and requesting an excessive down payment (B & P Section 7159.5 - maximum of 10% of total contract price or $1,000, whichever is less). Click here for the CSLB Press Release.
In April, 2014, the CSLB went after the a general contractor and one of its subcontractors, who were involved in a $150 million construction project, because the subcontractor did not have a California contractors license. Click here for the CSLB Press Release.
In June, 2014, the CSLB organized a one day sting operation in Alameda County and apprehended 10 individuals on charges of contracting without a license and illegal advertising. Click here for the CSLB Press Release.
Most recently, the CSLB brought its undercover sting operations to Folsom, California. Again, the allegations included contracting without a license and illegal advertising. Click here for the CSLB Press Release.
Anyone providing construction services in California should maintain an active contractors license. Not only do unlicensed contractors run the risk of not being paid, they also run the risk of facing criminal charges. For a more detailed article on this subject, and others, please see visit our Publications page.