SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California authorities arrested 75 people during an undercover sting operation conducted last week by the Contrators State License Board.
The board announced Friday that its annual operation netted two registered sex offenders, two people with multiple felony records and three with open warrants for their arrest.
Some 72 of those arrested are suspected of operating without contractor's license. They face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted.
The board said the majority of suspects were found through advertisements on Craigslist.org. The board also said 56 of the suspects may be charged with illegal advertising and 10 of them with requiring an excessive down payment.
Anyone can advertise to perform jobs of less than $500, but ads must state they are not licensed contractors.