Twelve people suspected of unlicensed contracting were arrested at the South Shore July 17-18 during a sting by the Contractors State License Board that included a total of 13 operations around the state.
Investigators posed as homeowners seeking bids for home improvement projects including painting, electrical, landscaping, flooring, tile, concrete, ornamental metal, fencing and tree removal work, according to a statement from the board.
Half of the people arrested during the South Shore sting were Nevada residents. One suspect bid $9,800 for a new deck and another bid $8,000 for landscaping work, according to the statement.
A total of 79 individuals were arrested during the statewide stings. A majority of those arrested were identified through illegal ads on craigslist.org, according to the statement.