Dozens of people in California, including contractors from Bass Lake, Clovis and Hanford, face criminal charges after being caught in undercover sting operations by the Contractors State License Board from Tuesday through Thursday.
The licensing board sent five court notices to contractors in Bass Lake in Madera County, seven in Hanford and 14 in Clovis, the Contractors State Liccense Board reported.
Law enforcement investigators posed as homeowners seeking contractors and estimates for home improvements such as painting, drywall and landscaping. The suspects targeted had many complaints filed against them. Most face misdemeanor charges for contracting without a license, the board reported.
One of the Clovis suspects does have a contracting license, but it was suspended in September 2013 after he failed to reimburse his bond company for $1,700. The suspect gave an undercover homeowner an estimate of $1,200 for painting, which landed him a court date.