A home improvement project often involves a great deal of effort and time coordinating between different people to complete a job. As a result, many people in Louisiana seek help from a contractor. Even a professional could make a mistake when it comes to ensuring that all people contracted to complete a job are paid. Unfortunately, one contractor was recently arrested and now faces a fraud charge.
The 33-year-old man who was arrested is the owner of a company called The Way Construction. Officials have accused him of using payments intended for one home improvement job to pay for a different job. As a result, two contractors say that they were not paid.
The two contractors claim that they are owed more than $8,000. One of them placed on lien on the property of the homeowner. The accused contractor turned himself once a warrant for his arrest was issued. He is facing charges of home improvement fraud and contractors misapplication of payment. Officials also say that he did not have the proper license to complete the remodel, which resulted in other charges.
Unfortunately, a case involving a fraud charge can be complicated. Because most people in Louisiana do not have extensive legal training, they may be unsure how to respond to such allegations or how to protect their rights. As a result, they hire an attorney who does have such experience to help guide them throughout the criminal justice process. Having such a person on their side helps alleviate some of the stress associated with such charges.
Source: ktbs.com, "Shreveport businessman accused of contractor fraud", April 5, 2017