An undercover sting operation resulted in citations issued to 15 unlicensed contractors at a Kern County house where they'd been invited to place bids for exterior and interior projects, according to the Contractors State License Board.
Ten of those cited also didn't have state-required insurance for their workers and face additional charges, a news release from the board said. The citations were issued Feb. 21-22 at a house near Fruitvale Norris Park.
In California, all home improvement work totaling $500 or more in combined labor and material costs must be performed by a licensed contractor, the release said. Penalties for a first-time conviction for contracting without a license include up to six months in jail and up to $5,000 in fines, with subsequent convictions resulting in harsher penalties.
"Homeowners take a huge risk when they hire unlicensed contractors," said CSLB Registrar Dave Fogt. "They are potentially liable if an unlicensed individual gets hurt on their property. Plus, recourse for homeowners is limited if the person's work is substandard or never completed."
The following were cited during the operation: David Michael Wiggins, Loren E. Stabile, Eddie Gene Fowler, Ronald Dean Reece, Jose Juan Rios Villegas Jr., Dimas Bibian Hernandez-Lopez, Jose D. Villapando Rodriguez, James Eugene Cody, Donnie Ray Hughes, Jared Chandler Parks, Joel Arnoldo Hernandez Jimenez and Gary Lee Ford, of Bakersfield; Randy Britton Jr. Hynson, of Taft; Joseph Dominus Stebbins, of Ridgecrest; and Paul Gonzalez, of Tulare.