18 SLO County contractors busted

August 28, 2016

Sting contractor boardIn a local sting operation, the Contractors State License Board cited 18 San Luis Obispo County contractors for operating without a license and 17 for illegal advertising.

On Aug. 17 and 18, undercover investigators set up a sting operation at a single family home in Cayucos. The investigators used an online advertising site to contact most of the suspected unlicensed contractors.

Playing the role of homeowners, investigators sought estimates for fencing, landscaping, and painting jobs. In California, bidding construction work exceeding $500 or more in materials and labor requires a state contractor license.

All 18 persons cited are facing a misdemeanor charge of contracting without a state license. First-conviction penalties for contracting without a license include up to six months in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines. Penalties are more severe with each successive violation.

The following contractors are scheduled to appear in court in October.

Casey Ray Bradshaw of Arroyo Grande, who was selling painting and/or decorating services, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Bradley Yetter of Atascadero, who was selling fencing, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

James Norman Shoemaker of Nipomo, who was offering painting and/or decorating services, was cited for contracting without a license, illegal advertising, and charging an excessive down payment.

Dennis Paul Newton of Grover Beach, who was offering general building services, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Dominic Anthony Sepulveda of Templeton, who was offering general building services, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Robyrt Clehr of San Luis Obispo, who was offering landscaping services, was cited for contracting without a license, illegal advertising, and charging an excessive down payment.

Angel DeJesus Montar-Flores of Santa Maria, who was offering general building services, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Thomas Flanigan of San Luis Obispo, who was selling painting and/or decorating services, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Keith David Ellis of Paso Robles, who was selling painting and/or decorating services, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Rodney Troy Brock of Atascadero, who was selling fencing, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Artemio Medina-Ambrosio of Santa Maria, who was selling fencing, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Douglas Edward Smith of Cayucos, who was offering general building services, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Aaron Mathew Carvalho of Atascadero, who was selling painting and/or decorating services, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Shane David Arnold of Santa Maria, who was selling painting and/or decorating services, was cited for contracting without a license, and illegal advertising.

Russell Walter Holguin of Grover Beach, who was selling painting and/or decorating services, was cited for contracting without a license, illegal advertising, and charging an excessive down payment.

Rodrigo Vasquez Teniente Jr. of Arroyo Grande, was offering concrete work, was cited for contracting without a license, illegal advertising, and charging an excessive down payment.

Nathan Daniel Witzig of Oceano, who was offering painting and/or decorating services and plumbing, was cited for contracting without a license.

Eric John Hanson of Arroyo Grande, who was offering general building services, was cited for contracting without a license, illegal advertising, and charging an excessive down payment.


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24 Comments

  1. Ivebeenframed says:

    I am one of the alleged “contractors” that was unjustifiably stung. I was lied to regarding the size of the job, so thinking it could be small enough for me, and living nearby, I went to look at it. I’m getting old so I like to do small things that contractors don’t want to bother with like tiny drywall repairs (fist holes), hanging pictures for movers, assembling ikea stuff, planing sticking doors, fixing knobs, small repairs (which I was led to believe this was), etc. Right away, I saw the job was bigger than I was told, so I knew I didn’t want to do it. I should have told miss stinger “no” right on the spot (live and learn), but I don’t like confrontation and didn’t want her to try to talk me into it. So I said I would get back to her with an estimate and was planning to tell her “no” via text afterward. She kept pressuring me for an estimate. So I said, “I don’t know? A few days?” That was it. I didn’t agree to do it. I didn’t give her a quote or a bid or even an official estimate. But that didn’t matter to her. After being lured inside the house and cited I explained myself and asked for a warning. No way! They want my money. Very bad, shady, vibe. I could see the at least one of the 3 vested cops looking a little guilty for catching a tiny fish in their big net.

    What happened to “innocent until proven guilty?” Shouldn’t the list of names be of those convicted? and published after all the cases are settled? Why are we called contractors when we are being charged for NOT being contractors?!!!!

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    • aldocas says:

      I know exactly what you are saying this lady tried to lure me to that house and i had to make up an excuse why i could not meet up with her , she was pushy and almost sounded desperate and i just thought to myself i will not even bother , had no idea i would be walking into some weird money generating sting . wow now that all makes sense . please feel free to contact me @aldocas35@gmail.com and i will relate the texts and calls from this lady, her name was Maggie but i am sure that was a fake name and phone number was 559-408-8504

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  2. Insighter says:

    Really? A sting operation to get these individuals, scraping by with a modest income and offering a low-cost service to their neighbors, off the street. The $500 limit needs to be updated as it includes material costs not part of the compensation.

    The State Licensing Board appears to be a self-serving organization without societal big picture vision.

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  3. rat9 says:

    Get these criminals off the streets. I feel threatened! Finally law enforcement is using precious resources to protect people from these capitalist pigs trying to make a living.

    (5) 9 Total Votes - 7 up - 2 down

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