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Former Contractor Arrested

Sacramento, CA– A former licensed contractor whose state license was taken away this Spring has been arrested and now faces several felony and misdemeanor charges. Brian Gross, 55, of Valley Springs faces charges associated with contracting with a revoked license and failure to carry worker’s compensation insurance.


Last week, building officials in Jackson tipped the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team investigators to Gross’ attempt to get a local business license using his revoked contractor license number. The Contractors State License Board and Amador County investigators made the arrest when they found Gross and three employees roofing a home in Jackson.


Gross now faces a felony count of fraudulent use of a contractor license number and misdemeanor counts for contracting without a license, illegal advertising, displaying a revoked license, failure to carry worker’s compensation insurance and soliciting an excessive down payment.  Gross will be arraigned on October 15th at 1 pm at the Amador County Superior Court in Jackson. 


California law requires that any home improvement job valued at $500 or more for labor and materials be done by a licensed contractor. Licensees must carry worker’s compensation coverage for all employees so that homeowners are not financially liable if a worker is injured on their property. Roofing contractors must purchase worker’s compensation coverage for themselves in addition to any employees.


Written by tina.falco@mlode.com