California and Nevada state licensing authorities conduct joint raid in South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California. The Contractors State License Board’s Statewide Fraud Investigation Team in cooperation with the Nevada State Contractors BoardPhoto from South Lake Tahoe Stingconducted an undercover operation in late May to catch unlicensed contractors in South Lake Tahoe.

Six people will be referred to the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office on charges related to unauthorized contracting. The misdemeanor charge can result in up to six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine or a civil penalty of up to $15,000. A second offense is mandatory for 90 days in jail and a fine of 20 percent of the contract price or $5,000, whichever is greater.

Bids ranged from $1,200 to over $26,000 for home improvement projects, including interior and exterior painting and bathroom renovations. All bids were above the $500 legal minimum that requires a contractor's license.

Unlicensed contractors caught doing this will face additional charges for advertising construction services without the required license. It is a misdemeanor for someone to advertise construction or renovation work without holding a valid license in the category being advertised. Advertisements for construction services by unlicensed individuals must clearly state that they are unlicensed and the value of the work performed (materials and labor) cannot exceed $500.

“Our goal is to protect consumers from fraudulent contractors and create a level playing field for licensed contractors who follow the law,” said David Fogt, CSLB Registrar. “We continually educate consumers about the importance of using licensed contractors and urge homeowners to take a moment to review a contractor's license before beginning any construction project in California.”

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