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8 on Your Side: Sting Nabs Unlicensed Contractors

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LAS VEGAS - The scope of emotions during a recent undercover sting by the Nevada State Contractors Board varied greatly. Each person caught in the sting is accused of a crime. No one wanted to do the time.

The board recently busted several unlicensed contractors at a valley pool and spa store. The investigators pretended to be new owners of a property who wanted to make some changes.

They called contractors who advertised their landscaping, electrical, painting and general contracting services on Craigslist.

Many of the unlicensed contractors claimed to have been performing work for years. Once the investigators received a bid, they unveiled the sting.

"We're doing an undercover operation, and it is a sting operation for the contractor's board. Your advertising on Craigslist is against the law and coming out here and bidding is also against the law," the investigator told the suspect.

Each unlicensed contractor received a ticket and a court date. A short time later, they began to provide excuses.

"I've been doing this like eight years, ten years," one suspect said.

"Why haven't you gotten your own business together?" the investigator asked.

"I took the test, but I'm not smart enough," the suspect replied.

Some of the culprits admitted to bigger crimes. "I have a partner who, if I need a license, he let's me use his," one said.

None of the suspects responded well to the sting.

"You guys were fooling me all this time," one exclaimed.

"That's why it is called a sting," the investigator replied.

The Nevada State Contractors Board busted 13 unlicensed contractors.

Unlicensed contractors often offer bids at a great price, but that great price can quickly disappear if your job takes a nasty turn. These contractors do not provide Workers' Compensation insurance if someone gets hurt. That means you pay for the medical bills.

Unlicensed contractors can't obtain necessary permits for any work they do. That means the work you hire them to perform is illegal.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself and find a legal contractor. First, research the contractor before you hire him or her. The NSCB website provides a detailed list of licensed contractors.

If you find an unlicensed contractor, report it to the contractor's board at 702-486-1160. The NSCB will ask for the contractor's full name, address, advertisements and license plate numbers.

If you have a problem you want investigated, call 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.

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