Three Madera County Sheriff’s deputies received state commendations for their role in two unlicensed contractor stings last month in Coarsegold, Sheriff John Anderson announced Thursday.
Seventeen unlicensed contractors, including a registered sex offender, were caught during a two-day sting in which Deputies Roy Broomfield, Gerald Marin and Sergeant Larry Rich assisted the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team of the Contractors State License Board. The stings took place at two locations off Highway 41 in Coarsegold.
Authorities say the suspects were found through flyers, business cards and phone number “tear-offs” posted on bulletin boards at local businesses.
The three sheriff’s deputies help catch the suspects, who live in Squaw Valley, Coarsegold, Fresno, Madera, Clovis and Oakhurst, and cite them for various charges, including contracting without a license, illegal advertising and asking for an excessive down payment...