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Contractors State License Board Operation Nabs Unlicensed Operator at Mansion Construction Site

Licensed contractor tip leads to arrest and citations in Sutter County

SACRAMENTO - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB), joined by the Sutter County District Attorney's Office, Sutter County Sheriff's Department, and the state Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) investigated a tip from a licensed contractor that unlicensed activity was in progress on a large property in the southern part of Yuba City.

When they arrived at the Caminito Avenue site on Monday, April 6, 2009, they found 18 individuals working on the construction of a 10,000-square-foot house, swimming pool and surrounding property. All 18 individuals on site were detained and questioned. Vladimir Glinyko, 36, of Sacramento, admitted to investigators that he was an unlicensed concrete operator and was paying workers with hourly wages.

The informant told investigators that up to four licensed contractors had bid on the 20,000-square-foot concrete project at the house, prior to it being awarded to the unlicensed Mr. Glinyko and his crew.

Mr. Glinyko was transported and booked into the Sutter County Jail for contracting without a license, using a license number that wasn't his with intent to defraud, illegal advertising and no workers' compensation insurance (Business and Professions Code 7028, 7027.3, 7027.1, Labor Code 3700.5). The workers were allowed to leave the area.

The homeowner said he was given a business card with a number on it that he believed to be the contractor's license number. Receipts showed that the homeowner had already paid $29,000 for the concrete project, which was only half completed.

"We actively follow up contractor and consumer leads about unlicensed activity to help level the playing field," said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. "With the tough economic times, we're seeing unlicensed operators becoming even more aggressive in going after business that should rightfully go to licensees."

During their inspection, Cal/OSHA investigators issued 13 Labor Code violations to four licensed contractors at the site. CSLB opened five cases against the licensees for workers' compensation reporting violations and for aiding and abetting unlicensed persons. (B&P 7125.4 and 7114.)

In 2009, CSLB, which operates under the umbrella of the Department of Consumer Affairs, marks its 80th anniversary of protecting consumers by regulating California's construction industry. Today CSLB licenses about 315,000 contractors. In any given year, complaints are filed against only 3% of licensed contractors. In fiscal year 2007-08, the CSLB helped consumers recover $35.2 million in ordered restitution.


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