A contractor is looking at her second charge of residential contractor fraud after being arrested after being placed on Crime Stoppers. She had allegedly been hiding from police but surrendered after discovering herself on the list. She turned herself in to Louisiana authorities on May 8 regarding the fraud charge.
According to police, a woman made a claim on March 30 that she had been scammed. She alleges that her home was flooded back in August, and she called the contractor after hearing about her through a friend. On the phone, the woman claims to have asked the contractor if she was licensed, to which she allegedly answered, "Yes." The woman then says that the contractor came to the home, performed a walk-through, snapped a few photos and then presented the woman with a contract, which she thought was an estimate.
The woman says she later told the contractor that she was not hired for the job because the woman had chosen another company. At that point, the contractor supposedly submitted the signed contract to the woman's mortgage company and billed her for a little more than $25,000. The woman was then provided with a list of all of the work that the contractor claimed to have performed and an occupational license from Dec. 2015.
The accused turned out not to be a licensed contractor, according to the report, and is said to have tried to obtain a check via fraudulent means. She apparently placed a lien on the home of the woman in the amount of $22,000. It is apparently not the first time that she has had issues with the State Contractor's Board, and she has been arrested before for contractor fraud and mishandling payments.
Understandably, contractor fraud is a serious accusation in the state of Louisiana. For those facing any type of fraud charge, a criminal defense attorney can be of help. The lawyer can guide the client through the proceedings while focused on achieving an optimal result.
Source: wafb.com, "Contractor accused of fraud arrested again", Rachel Thomas, May 8, 2017