The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in March carried out a sting at a vacant near-west side office building in San Antonio. The operation resulted in dozens of complaints against San Antonio electricians, air conditioning repairmen and electric sign makers, who had questionable credentials when placing bids for work.
According to a report from KENS5, the sting has generated at least 38 possible violations, against repairmen with expired licenses, no licenses or licenses that do not permit them to bid on contracting work. Investigators searched Craigslist advertisements and worked off anonymous tips. They then reached out to repairmen, who came in droves under the impression they were placing a bid to do work for a new travel agency.
Some of the repairmen busted during the sting now have as many as five complaints filed against them. Sanctions range from a reprimand to several thousand dollars in fines for each day a license discrepancy is not corrected, the news agency reported.