Contractor sting nets handful of unlicensed builders in South Lake Tahoe

Authorities arrest a suspect during a sting operation in South Lake Tahoe to catch unlicensed contractors.
Provided/El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Contractors State License Board, in conjunction with the California Department of Insurance and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, conducted a sting operation earlier this summer in South Lake Tahoe.

The sting attracted nine suspects, seven of which were cited for contracting without a license along with other various business and professions code violations. The highest bid amount was $15,000 for deck replacement. Two of the suspects additionally had outstanding felony warrants and were booked into the El Dorado County Jail.

The sting operation was conducted following a complaint from a licensed contractor who is losing business to the underground economy.

The sting operation focused on unlawful activity involving construction and home improvement work by unlicensed contractors. Unlawful activity includes advertising for work that would require a contractor’s license; acting in the capacity of a contractor without a license; excessive down payment in excess of $1,000 or 10% of the contract amount, whichever is less; unlawful use of or misrepresentation of a contractor’s license belonging to another; and using employee labor without workers’ compensation insurance.

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