SACRAMENTO -- A surprise sweep for unlicensed building contractors has resulted in 104 enforcement actions by a multi-agency state task force.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Monday that the sweep hit off-the-books operators in 11 counties on June 20 and 21. Investigators carried out the enforcement actions in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties as well as in Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Kern, Monterey, Santa Clara and Yolo counties.
"Operation Underground took aim at 'off the books' activity of unscrupulous contractors allegedly operating illegally or without proper (insurance) coverage for their workers," Jones said.
The sweeps looked for contractors who were not licensed by the Contractors State License Board and who did not carry legally required workers' compensation insurance policies. Agents of the state Employment Development Department checked to see whether employers paid unemployment insurance and withheld other payroll taxes.