UPDATE: Deputies recall warrant for contractor's arrest
BATON ROUGE - An warrant issued for the arrest of a Zachary based contractor was recalled Thursday after investigators discovered new evidence.
"New evidence has turned the crimminal investigation into a civil matter," the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office cited in the recall request.
The alleged victim says she was notified Thursday the warrant was being pulled and told only investigators had new information. She is meeting with the detective on the case Monday to find out what the new information is.
The arrest warrant was issued Monday for Joseph Blake Sequin, the owner of JBS Construction and Development, for a felony count of residential contractor fraud.
According to the original document, the victim, an employee of JBS Construction, hired Seguin to perform restoration on her home after the August flooding.
The victim told East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies she paid Seguin $40,000 for restoration work in November. After failing to get invoices for work performed, the woman dismissed Seguin and requested the remaining funds. Seguin said there were no funds remaining.
The victim said Seguin performed mold remediation, sheet rock, textured a bathtub, plumbing and some electrical work. She said a third-party contractor surveyed the work and estimated its value to be $8,160.
The victim also said she contacted the state licensing board and said a subcontractor, Wilson Services LLC, performed mold remediation without a license. That information came from an East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office affidavit outlining the arrest warrant against Sequin. It said that Wilson Services LLC never held a mold remediation license. However, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture allows certified licensed pesticide companies to apply antimicrobial products without a "mold remediation" license. The Department of Agriculture verified Wilson Services LLC applied a wood destroying organism product approved by the state.
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