Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Eleven suspects cited in unlicensed contractor sting

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AN UNLICENSED operator was processed during the April 9, 2013, undercover sting of repeat offenders in El Dorado Hills. Courtesy photo

From page A3 | April 24, 2013 | 6 Comments

An undercover sting operation on April 9 by the Contractors State License Board and El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office led to citations for 11 suspects.

The CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team conducted the sting at an El Dorado Hills home, arresting Ryan Kendall Murray, of Rancho Cordova, for an outstanding DUI warrant and citing him and nine other suspects for alleged contracting without a license, a press release stated. Allegedly, Murray’s license was expired and he made false Workers’ Compensation insurance claims.

Other suspects in the case were found on advertisement flyers and cards at local businesses. Undercover CSLB agents solicited the contractors for concrete, roofing, tree trimming and landscaping bids.

“Homeowners should not assume business cards and advertisements posted at familiar, local businesses will lead them to legally licensed contractors,” CSLB Registrar Steve Sands said. ”Hiring an unlicensed, and often uninsured, individual to work at your home or business can put you at serious financial risk, especially if a worker is injured on your property.”

Ten of the 11 suspects were cited for misdemeanor contracting without a license, which carries a first-conviction penalty of up to six months in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines.

Eight of the suspects face misdemeanor charges of false advertising.

Unlicensed contractors are allowed to advertise so long as they do not claim to be licensed and the project does not cost more than $500 in materials and labor.

The other suspects are as follows: Jesus Vazquez-Magdaleno of Placerville, Matthew William Nelson of El Dorado Hills, Matthew Munro Miller of Cameron Park, Juan Francisco Navarrete of West Sacramento, David J. Stagg of Davis, Jason Tony Bays of Placerville, Timothy Mitchell Treadway of Somerset and Darryl Dean Miller of Somerset were alleged to be contracting without a license and illegal advertising; Michael E. Gioukaris of Citrus Heights was charged with being an unregistered home improvement salesperson; and Dennis Lee Kaufman Jr. of Citrus Heights was charged with contracting without a license.

By law, all contract jobs totaling more that $500 in materials and labor must be done by a CSLB-licensed contractor. A check can be done on a contractor at the CSLB’s Website at


Discussion | 6 comments

  • James SmithApril 24, 2013 - 7:59 am

    Did the EDC D.A. RAID any houses this time with GUNS DRAWN like they did a couple years ago? The EDC's D.A. Investigator just about caused a RUBY RIDGE in PLACERVILLE TWO YEARS ago when he INAPPROPRIATELY decided to show up unannounced and RAID a private residence being remodeled and owned by a highly respected and very successful licensed contractor with an impeccable record doing millions of dollars of revenue a year and having over 30 full time employees. The D.A. Investigators showed up without receiving any complaint and went up to the front door with GUNS DRAWN. The D.A. investigator TERRORIZED the OCCUPANTS and WORKERS, but arrested no one. Nothing like BIG BROTHER GOVERNMENT. Then the D.A. Investigator not happy that he was wrong, continued to HARASS the owner/contractor until the owner finally turned the matter over to one of his corporate attorneys. The D.A. in EDC doesn't have enough to do or to keep all his employees busy. The D.A. Investigators are THUGS who abuse their power and usurp the BUILDING DEPARTMENT's authority. They are out getting DUI's during the day and he is also overseeing the County's IT DEPARTMENT.

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  • Ken SteersApril 24, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    James Smith, You are one strange duck. The investigator in the picture works for the State. Not our County. I know because he nailed someone that scammed me a few years back. Calm down dude.

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  • James SmithApril 24, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    Ken Steers, learn to read. The very first sentence of the article discusses the EDC DA's Office involvement.

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  • barf13April 25, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Too bad that they don't do these types of stings in South Lake Tahoe. They could arrest hundreds of guys a week. I guess our city dosen't provide enough tax dollars to El Dorado County.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 25, 2013 - 2:12 pm

    For months, Plumas County supervisors sat silently while individuals railed against Agenda 21 and its infiltration into the county’s general plan. But that changed April 9. At the board’s request, County Counsel Craig Settlemire wrote a resolution regarding Agenda 21. " It read in part, “Whereas, although the United States of America is a signatory country to Agenda 21, since Agenda 21 has not been ratified as a treaty by the Senate of the United States, nor has it been ratified by the Executive Branch of the United States, it is not enforceable as law in the United States of America. …” The resolution concluded, “Resolved further, that the County of Plumas does not grant the United Nations or any other agency the authority to enforce Agenda 21 within the County of Plumas.” Agenda 21 is a 300-page document adopted in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and designed to be a blueprint of how jurisdictions worldwide should move toward sustainable economic growth that protects and renews environmental resources." Plumas county

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  • EDC ResidentApril 25, 2013 - 4:54 pm

    Its honestly scary that there are people like James Smith walking around in our county. That guy is clearly a nut.

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