Thanks to a tip by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), an unlicensed contractor was put out of business on April 27.
The BBB received a call from a licensed contractor in Bakersfield on the morning of April 27 stating that he knew of an unlicensed contractor, Robert Cedillos, working on a masonry job that was costing well over $5,000 and that the contractor and his crew had been working there for approximately 4-5 days.
Unlicensed contractors in California are only authorized to perform work that can be completed under $500. Robert Cedillos, doing business as Quality Masonry, does not have a license on record with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB).
BBB investigator Diana Ivie contacted local CSLB investigators and filed an online report with the CSLB. The CSLB then contacted an investigator with the Kern County District Attorney’s who immediately went out to the location and stopped the construction work. Cedillos was issued citations for not having a contractors license; advertising without a license and for operating with having the proper workers compensation insurance.
The BBB has a continuing program that investigates unlicensed contractors found throughout Central California. Those names and locations are posted monthly on www.cencal.bbb.org and are also sent to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.