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State sting catches unlicensed contractors

A 2-day sting operation by the Contractor Licensing Board in California resulted in 13 unlicensed contractors being cited in August. All the individuals in question had placed business cards in local home improvement stores or advertised their services online, but without stating a licensee number, a legal requirement. The penalty for a first offense includes up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. A second offense carries a mandatory 90 days in jail.