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State sues contractors for fraud

March 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The state Contractors License Board is asking Californians to come forward if they believe they've been defrauded by home service and repair companies.The state board has released video of an undercover "sting" operation against a company called S.R.V.S. Charge Incorporated. The company has settled a $3-million lawsuit against the state.

Officials say S.R.V.S. took part in a massive scheme to defraud thousands of consumers by charging excessive fees for substandard electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning services. Investigators say consumers lost millions in the scheme and there may be thousands of victims of such practices statewide.

The state says S.R.V.S. ripped off its customers in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you've been defraud by this company, you're urged to contact the State License Board at (800) 321-CSLB, or (800) 321-2752, and then press extension 7.


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