Government workers pose as homeowners in Alberta as police charge unlicensed contractors
Police have charged 7 contractors in Calgary and Edmonton after undercover sting operations
December 4, 2013 by Steve Payne
Now we have government workers going undercover as homeowners to try to trap more under-the-table contractors.
At least, in Alberta we do. Global News reported yesterday that 7 contractors in Calgary and Edmonton have been charged under that province’s consumer protection laws.
Global reports that Service Alberta agents “posed as homeowners and asked 24 contractors to come to their homes to negotiate home improvements.”
Police charged the 7 contractors for a variety of offences, including operating without a prepaid contractor license.
Well, at least 17 of the contractors (70 per cent) seem to have been above-the-law.