Two Elk Grove Men Caught in Contractors Sting Operation

June 10, 2013 | Two Elk Grove men were cited in a sting operation conducted by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) last Thurs...

June 10, 2013 |

Two Elk Grove men were cited in a sting operation conducted by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) last Thursday in Rancho Corodva. 

According to the CSLB, in a joint operation with investigators from the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation and Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, seven individuals who illegally bid for landscaping, concrete, painting, fencing, tree, and plumbing work at a one-story residence were cited. 
 
“Contractors who have lost their license are fully aware that they are contracting illegally,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “If you disregard contracting laws, you’ll be caught and held to answer in Superior Court.”

The two Elk Grove residents cited were Hardeep Singh Sandhu for contracting without a license, illegal advertising and unregistered salesperson and Jose Amadeo Reyes Estrada for contracting without a license and illegal advertising.

The seven people who received Notices to Appear in Superior Court all face misdemeanor charges of contracting without a license (Business and Professions Code section 7028). First-conviction penalties for contracting without a license include up to six months in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines; subsequent convictions bring harsher penalties. Six were cited for illegal advertising (Business and Professions Code section 7027.1). State law requires that contractors include their license number in all advertisements, including online ads. Those without a license can advertise as long as the ad states that they are not a state-licensed contractor, and the combined total of a project’s labor and materials costs is under $500. 

Suspects will appear ath Sacramento County Superior Court. A court date has not been determined.


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