Ascension grand jury indicts Matthew Morris on 84 counts related to fraud
BATON ROUGE – An Ascension Parish grand jury has indicted a man on 84 counts including contractor fraud after police say he scammed 18 victims after the flood.
District Attorney Ricky Babin confirmed contractor Mathew Morris was indicted Monday on 84 separate counts. An arraignment date will be set for Morris in the next 30 days.
Morris, the owner of Complete Construction Contractors, LLC, was indicted on the following charges:
- 17 counts of residential contractor fraud
- 9 counts of theft of assets of the aged
- 16 counts of engaging and contracting with a license
- 14 counts of misapplication of payments
- 17 counts of insurance fraud
- 11 counts of falsifying public records
The 39-year-old was accused of charging his victims for services he either had not started or completed. Whenever a victim tried to terminate a contract, Morris would allegedly mail bills for thousands of dollars for "claim assistance" fees in addition to 50 percent of the total estimate of the job.
Multiple agencies, including Baton Rouge Police, Walker Police, Denham Springs Police and Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office had filed charges against Morris over the past several months.