Sacto 9-1-1
April 30, 2012
Nine painting, flooring and concrete workers caught in Lincoln sting

Nine men received notices to appear in court for misdemeanor violations of state home improvement contracting laws during a sting in Lincoln.

The nine workers bid on painting, flooring and concrete jobs during a sting, according to the Contractors State License Board. The board's investigative fraud team set up an undercover operation on Tuesday in a single-family home in Lincoln.

Seven who bid more than $500 for labor and materials face misdemeanor charges for contracting without a license. Some also must appear in court for illegal advertising. Contractors must place their license numbers in all advertisements.

Workers without a license may advertise to do jobs valued at less than $500 but the ads must make it clear that they are not a licensed contractor.

First conviction penalties for contracting without a license are up to six months in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines.

Sting suspects set for arraignment July 10 in Placer County Superior Court:

• Leonid Romanyuk, painting, contracting without a license, illegal advertising

• Roberto Rivas, painting, contracting without a license, illegal advertising

• Roberto Silva Barboza, painting, unregistered salesperson

• Justin Kautz, painting, contracting without a license, illegal advertising

• Jeremy Kautz, painting, contracting without a license

• Jose Francisco Alvarez, concrete, contracting without a license

• Ricardo Delreal, flooring, contracting without a license, illegal advertising

• The Phan, concrete, contracting without a license, illegal advertising

• Walter Lee Pitts, concrete, illegal advertising

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