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Seventeen contractors caught in sting

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Investigators with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and other agencies cited 17 suspects caught in unlicensed contractor sting operations in Coarsegold this month. Among those caught was a man on Nevada’s most wanted illegal contracting list and a registered sex offender, CSLB announced Friday.

CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) worked in conjunction with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Consumer Affairs Division of Investigation on April 18 and April 24, using two Coarsegold homes as staging grounds to catch individuals suspected of operating as unlicensed contractors.

The suspects in the overall sting operation were found through flyers, business cards posted to bulletin boards at local businesses, and phone number “tear-offs” attached to solicitations. Undercover CSLB investigators sought bids for general building projects; ornamental iron, metal, and ceramic tile work; as well as landscaping and tree service.

Michael Scaggs, 57, of Squaw Valley, has been sought since 2009 by Nevada for contracting without a license, a misdemeanor, and a felony charge of unlawful acts or omissions. CSLB investigators discovered Skaggs was on the Nevada State Contractors Board’s Most Wanted List after he showed up with a partner at the April 24 sting to bid on ceramic tile work...


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