Warning: CSLB’s Most Wanted Contractors
Home improvement is one of the most notorious industries when it comes to scams and illegitimate business practices. Thankfully for you, Approved Home Pros is here to make sure you are only working with the best contractors in San Diego. But in our ongoing mission to educate on all topics related to home improvement, we’re digging into the Contractors State License Board’s Most Wanted Contractors.
To help protect consumers, the CSLB has identified some of the worst unlicensed violators in the state, all of whom are known to prey on vulnerable or unsuspecting homeowners. Each individual on this most-wanted list has been the subject of complaints lodged with the CSLB, law enforcement agencies and district attorneys around the state.
Be Careful in San Diego
Today, we’re paying special attention to William Laurence Bennett, who is the only person on the list who has been known to prey on San Diego County, Chula Vista and areas around El Cajon.
ALIASES: William Laurence Bennett
BIRTH YEAR: 1949
IDENTIFIERS: Wears Glasses
Bennett has been convicted on two previous occasions of working as a contractor without a license. His latest warrant was issued on Aug. 7, 2013, and covers 10 charges, six of them felonies. He has been known to use business cards with the company name Triton, Inc. that include his name and the legitimate license number of another contractor. Bennett’s typical operation is to abandon the job after taking a large deposit.
Warrants have been issued for Bennett and the others on the list. If you see any of these people or have any information as to their whereabouts, please contact your local police or sheriff’s department. Then, call the CSLB Southern California at 562-345-7600. And remember, you can always verify the license of a potential contractor on the CSLB’s website.