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Unlicensed contractors nabbed in El Dorado Co. sting

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A sting conducted in El Dorado Hills Saturday by Contractors State License Board investigators resulted in 11 arrests of contractors bidding on large jobs allegedly without a valid contractor's license.

Per California law, all home improvement jobs totaling $500 or more in combined labor and material costs must be undertaken by a CSLB-licensed contractor. State law requires that contractors include their license number in all print, broadcast, and online advertisements.

Three of those cited Saturday were repeat violators, according to CSLB, and most were also suspected of illegal advertising. The violations are misdemeanors and first-time offenses carry a penalty of up to six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

Cited were Brandon Michael Blubaugh Cameron Park; Thomas Domenic Harris, Mountain Ranch; Miguel Angel Mota Carrera, Carmichael; Brent Byron Hylton, Cameron Park; Marty Fredrick Koulax, Auburn; Macario Ramirez Cortez, Placerville; Chen Maui Padilla, Somerset; Byron Rickey Ford; Rancho Cordova; Alan Wayne Winter, Sacramento; Richard Alejander Larsen Jr., Sacramento; and Jonathan Alexander Tyler, Sacramento.

The bids ranged from painting to tree service to fencing to woodwork. The contractors were found on business cards posted at local stores, flyers and craigslist.org.

CSLB tips

* Only hire state-licensed contractors. Ask to see their license and photo ID to verify identity.

* Always check the license number on CSLB's website to make sure the license is in good standing, and that employees are covered by workers' compensation insurance.  

* Don't pay more than 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less, as a down payment. There is an exception for about two dozen licensees who carry special bonds to protect consumers. These exceptions are noted on CSLB's website.

* Don't pay in cash, and don't let payments get ahead of the work.

* Get at least three bids, check references, and get a written contract with signed change orders for any additions or amendments to the original contract.














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