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CSLB Calling for Industry Assistance to Conduct Undercover Sting Operations

SACRAMENTO -The Contractors State License Board's (CSLB) Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) conducts an average of one undercover construction sting or sweep each week somewhere in California. The most difficult part of this process is locating houses and business buildings to use for these enforcement operations.

SWIFT investigators need residential and commercial properties that can be used for one to two days at a time. Sting addresses are not identified during any media coverage, and the property owners are not present during the operation.

Ideal properties for these activities include foreclosed homes or businesses, rental properties that are between tenants, and homes that licensees may own for the purposes of remodeling and selling.

Donating a property for this endeavor is a way to help CSLB in its efforts to combat the underground economy and level the playing field for California's licensed, insured, and bonded contractors.

If you can supply a property or know of somebody who can, please contact SWIFT in Northern California at (916) 255-2924, or in Southern California at (562) 345-7570.

In 2009, CSLB marks its 80th anniversary of protecting consumers by regulating California's construction industry. Today CSLB licenses more than 316,000 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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