6 Unlicensed Contractors "Stung" by the CSLB

Published: Feb 20, 2014
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Working as an unlicensed contractor is a risk not worth taking. Six Salinas-based contractors were caught in a sting operation conducted by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) of California. They were found through online ads in various websites, such as Craigslist.

The investigators pretended to be potential customers who requested bids for a landscaping project. Under the current law, unlicensed contractors may not bid on projects larger than $500, whereas the highest bid got as high as $15,000. Bids of that sort can only be executed by CSLB-licensed contractors.

Since this is their first conviction, the six contractors are facing fines of up to $5,000 or jail time for up to six months. And since their online ads did not specify that they are not licensed contractors, they were also cited for illegal advertising.

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Victor Lance is the founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two combat tours. As president of Lance Surety, he now focuses on educating and assisting small businesses throughout the country with various license and bond requirements. Victor graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.