NAPA (KCBS) – Eight people were caught by investigators this week soliciting bids for construction work without a valid contractor’s license in Napa.

The Contractors State License Board set up a sting operation at an earthquake-damaged home near Fuller Park on Pine Street in order to weed out fraud related to the magnitude 6.0 quake in August.

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“These are people that have already been victimized by an earthquake. We are doing everything we can to prevent second victimization of these parties,” said Napa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Allison Mahoney.

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Mahoney said prosecutors plan to pursue felony charges against several of the suspects for contracting without a license in a state or federally declared disaster area.

The investigators posed as homeowners seeking bids above $500, the threshold where a contractor’s license is required in California.

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Four of the contractors were arrested in misdemeanor charges.