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18 People Cited for Unlicensed Contracting in Oceanside in Undercover Sting Operation

During an undercover sting operation by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) in the North County, 18 people were cited for unlicensed contracting.

The operation took place on Feb. 8 and 9.

Four of them were repeat offenders, according to CSLB.

A list of suspected unlicensed contractors were contacted by investigators from CSLB's Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) to place bids for landscaping, fence installation, painting and other home improvement projects for a house in Oceanside.

According to CSLB, it is illegal to place bids higher than $500 for any projects, unless the individual is licensed.

“People will promote themselves as having years of experience, but it is illegal to charge over $500 unless they are licensed by CSLB," said CSLB Registrar Cindi Christenson. 

CSLB said one of the repeat offenders filled out a bid for $13,000, another placed a bid for $4,000. 

Sixteen suspects were cited with the misdeanor charge for illegal advertising. 

"It is important that consumers do their own research and check the license first," Christenson said.

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