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Home improvement fraud arrest made

3 years 4 months 1 week ago May 20, 2013 May 20, 2013 Monday, May 20 2013 May 20, 2013 10:22 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

PINEVILLE - Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies say a complaint from a homeowner has led to an arrest. . The homeowner contracted a Pineville man for repairs after the Christmas 2012 tornado damaged his home.

Deputies tell The Town Talk 58-year-old Joe Jaime was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center Friday on a charge of home improvement fraud. Jamie later was released on a $2,500 bond.

Deputies say the homeowner contracted with Jaime, owner of Joe & J General Contractor, to make repairs after Jaime told the homeowner that he was a licensed contractor.

Authorities say the complaint was filed after the homeowner learned Jaime wasn't able to secure the proper building permits and that he did not have a Louisiana contractor's license.

It was unclear whether Jaime has an attorney.

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