County Directory of Information Services
County Contact Information
> SOUTH LOS ANGELES STATION
> Event Detail
Search Sheriff's Website
Search all of LACounty.gov
Unlicensed Contractors Targeted In Lawndale Sting
A two day undercover operation on March 13 and 14, targeting unlicensed contractors in the City of Lawndale, resulted in 13 arrests.
The operation, which was conducted by the Contractors' State License Board, in conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was part of an on-going effort by law enforcement and the Contractors' State License Board to prevent homeowners from being taken advantage of by illegal contractors.
Unlicensed contractors commonly offer their services at a rate well below legitimate contractors, which sometimes makes this an enticing proposition for someone considering home improvements. However, people who utilize unlicensed contractors are taking a tremendous risk. In addition to the fact that most unlicensed contractors are uninsured, many homeowners who use illegal contractors hand over large sums of money as a "deposit," only to never see them again. If they do return, there is little guarantee that the work will be completed or meet industry standards.
Property owners considering improvement projects should always consult the Contractors State License Board's online instant license check to ensure the contractor license is in good standing. By law, all home improvement jobs totaling $500 or more in combined labor and material costs in California must be undertaken by a Contractors State License Board licensed contractor. Also remember that most municipalities, including the City of Lawndale have local ordinances requiring contractors to be licensed.
As for the operation in Lawndale, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant John Hocking said, "The sting operation was so successful that investigators had six contractors detained at one time. We want to ensure that the citizens of Lawndale are protected against illegal contractors. The Sheriff's Department appreciates the hard work of the Contractors' State License Board and Immigration and Customs Enforcement."
South Los Angeles Sheriff's Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Twitter @LASD_News http://twitter.com/#!/LASD_News
Sheriff Leroy D. Baca
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff's station. If you wish to remain Anonymous you may do so by calling "LA Crime Stoppers" at 800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
To receive more detailed, up-to-date information directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) via e-mail, go to www.Nixle.com and register for "Nixle" alerts from "LASD Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff" and your local LASD station area. Or, text your zip code to 888777 to receive text alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.
LASD - HQ Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff
4700 W Ramona Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Contact Information: Lt. Jeff Adams - (323) 820-6700,
Image 1 Title
The LASD.org® website has made reasonable efforts to provide an accurate translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of LASD.org® website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
© Copyright 2013. LASD. All Rights Reserved LASD Badge and Patch are Registered Trademarks.