Livingston Parish man arrested for contractor fraud, theft
BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General’s Office says a Livingston Parish contractor has been arrested for theft, fraud and forgery.
46-year-old James Brewer, of Denham Springs, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with one count each of felony theft, residential contractor fraud and forgery. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail.
Brewer, who owns the Brewer Construction Group, LLC, is accused of taking a down payment toward a construction project for more than $3,000 and failing to do the work, according to the AG’s Office. The contract, signed in February, called for Brewer to supply stamped, engineered foundation plans, labor, equipment and materials. After he received the down payment, Brewer supplied the plans but failed to deliver on other aspects of the project. He then became unreachable.
The victim contacted the engineering company listed on the design plans only to discover that they never worked for Brewer, nor did they supply their professional engineering seal that marked the documents.
Attorney General’s Office investigators said they discovered the Brewer Construction Group had closed. They also found that Brewer only became a licensed contractor in August and wasn’t licensed at the time of the offenses.
Brewer faces up to 10 years behind bars on each listed charge.