SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators say nearly 80 people face criminal charges for doing contracting work without a license following a broad-reaching undercover operation.
The California Contractors State License Board said Friday the stings were conducted this week in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and other counties.
Investigators posed as homeowners seeking bids for home improvement projects like painting, electrical work and masonry. Most of those caught had posted Craigslist advertisements for their services.
If convicted of misdemeanor contracting without a license, they face up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Of the 78 arrested, 57 may also be charged with illegal advertising, and 24 others may be charged with requesting an excessive down payment.
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