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  • Uber settlement keeps drivers as contractors in 2 states

    April 22, 2016 12:36 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Uber says it has settled a pair of major class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that will keep its drivers independent contractors instead of employees. The settlement announced by the ride-hailing company Thursday night is a major step toward keeping its current thriving business model that... more »
  • Watson appliance repairman arrested for ripping off 85-year-old victim

    February 25, 2016 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said they arrested a Watson appliance repairman after an 85-year-old victim contacted them to say the man had ripped him off. 37-year-old Evan Stribling was booked into the parish prison on charges of felony theft, theft of assets from aged/disabled person and misapplication of contractor... more »
  • Report: State Fire Marshal to join Lamborghini fire probe

    January 20, 2016 8:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The State Fire Marshal's office will join the investigation into a burned luxury car. WWL TV in the New Orleans area reported state investigators will start their work Thursday morning. The Lamborghini was found burned on Opportunity Avenue in Baton Rouge Monday. It was owned by... more »
  • Bhatti faces more contractor fraud charges Play Video

    January 20, 2016 2:06 PM

    BAKER - Authorities said more fraud charges have been filed against a man in Baker who investigators said made off with people's money after promising to fix up their homes. Chief Mike Knaps said 63-year-old Tanweer Bhatti was arrested Wednesday on the new charges. Knaps previously said that Bhatti's... more »
  • Contractor hired to move monuments finds $200K Lambo destroyed Play Video

    January 19, 2016 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pricey supercar belonging to the Baton Rouge contractor who was hired to move several Confederate monuments in New Orleans was found burned to a crisp Tuesday morning. The attorney for David Mahler said his client's Lamborghini, valued at more than $200,000, was destroyed by fire... more »
  • Brothers' fight leads to contractor's arrest

    January 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies said a fight between two brothers helped them find and arrest a Baton Rouge contractor wanted for stealing money from a client more than year ago. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said 52-year-old Craig Brown was hired to repair a roof in May 2014... more »
  • Livingston Parish man arrested for contractor fraud, theft

    October 29, 2015 5:32 PM

    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... more »
  • Tips for preventing contractor scams Play Video

    October 6, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There are several ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a bad contractor's scam. When you see a great deal you might not think twice about checking out a contractor. The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) says that is the biggest mistake you... more »
  • LA 73 work to be completed by the end of summer

    June 19, 2015 7:00 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The construction on LA 73 is nearing an end as the contractor begins laying asphalt in Ascension Parish. The $15.5 million dollar project was expected to be completed last year, but the deadline was extended because of utility problems and weather delays. DOTD says the work... more »
  • LSU drops over-budget contractor of engineering hall Play Video

    March 6, 2015 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Renovations to one of the oldest buildings on LSU's campus could be pushed back longer than expected after the university recently dropped its current contractor. The State Facility Planning and Control withdrew their contract with Skanska-Mapp Construction to build LSU's Patrick F. Taylor engineering building. The... more »
  • Officials having second thoughts about paying contractor

    February 16, 2015 10:52 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Some Livingston Parish Council members are having second thoughts about paying a former parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye is accused of going to a Mardi Gras parade, working out at the gym and playing golf during hours he claimed to be working for the parish after Hurricane Gustav. DelaHoussaye... more »
  • Contractor's license revoked again

    January 15, 2015 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Contractor's Board once again revoked the license of an upscale homebuilder in Baton Rouge accused of doing substandard work and not paying his subcontractors. Jim Fussell was the subject of a WBRZ Investigative Unit report last year when the board revoked his license the... more »
  • Contractor sentenced in post-Katrina bribe case

    November 7, 2014 4:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A contractor who admitted bribing an official who oversaw New Orleans' anti-blight program after Hurricane Katrina was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation. Earl Myers was also ordered to pay $173,000 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown. Myers was one of four contractors... more »
  • Man wanted for contractor fraud charges

    September 3, 2014 4:41 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - Police are on the search for a man accused of fraud with contractor fraud this summer. St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office are looking for Neal Joseph Laperouse, 51, for taking money from two clients without performing the work. Investigators say Laperouse also has warrants for... more »
  • Handyman nailed in fraud investigation Play Video

    June 16, 2014 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a 41-year-old handyman and charged him with home improvement fraud and felony theft. Investigators say Marland Hunter, 41, accepted money up front for jobs he either only halfway completed or never fully started. Hunter was arrested last Friday in connection with a job he... more »
  • Jindal-hired contractor releases its savings ideas

    June 3, 2014 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The contractor hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to find ways to save the state money has turned in its 425-page report, which outlines $2.7 billion in savings ideas over five years. Recommendations from Alvarez & Marsal include restructuring management, selling property, consolidating offices and cutting insurance... more »
  • DA to file charges against cleanup contractor

    November 26, 2013 7:55 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish district attorney says he will file charges against a former parish contractor after a grand jury fell one vote short of indicting him on allegations he falsified billing invoices for work related to Hurricane Gustav cleanup. District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says he will file... more »
  • Contractor chosen for St. Helena school project

    October 23, 2013 7:23 AM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish School Board named Ragusa Construction, of Independence, as the contractor for renovations and additions at St. Helena Central High School. The school board held a special meeting Tuesday to award the bid in advance of a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday. Ragusa's base... more »
  • La. hiring contractor to remove explosive material

    September 13, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana will hire an outside contractor to get rid of 18 million pounds of military propellant that was improperly stored at Camp Minden. State lawmakers have agreed to let the state Military Department use federal money to pay for the contract to remove the explosive materials, whose discovery... more »
  • State audits NO Head Start Program

    August 27, 2013 8:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- An audit finds a Head Start contractor in New Orleans didn't enroll enough preschoolers to justify its federal grant. The report from the state legislative auditor's office says the nonprofit Total Community Action needed at least 2,510 students to comply with its grant but had enrolled only 1,951... more »
  • Kenner business man sentenced in bribery case

    July 25, 2013 12:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Kenner telecommunications contractor and the last defendant in the four-year investigation of Jefferson Parish political corruption, has been sentenced. U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced Bill Mack on Thursday to 20 months for conspiring to bribe Parish President Aaron Broussard. Mack admitted paying Broussard $66,000... more »
  • Jindal: Marine contractor plans $30M expansion

    May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    THIBODAUX - An oilfield service company plans a new $10 million headquarters in Gray and a $20 million manufacturing and fabrication plant at a Louisiana port. President and CEO Hank Danos says Danos & Curole Marine Contractors LLC is considering at least two ports. The manufacturing site to be selected... more »
  • Covington contractor pleads guilty in loan case

    April 25, 2013 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 40-year-old Covington contractor pleaded guilty in federal court to filing false records with a bank to obtain a $3.45 million loan. Raymond Grow III pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of making a false statement in his loan application to First American Bank and Trust... more »
  • Shreveport contractor accused of selling marijuana

    April 18, 2013 8:58 AM

    SHREVEPORT- Shreveport contractor has been arrested after law enforcement officers reportedly found large quantities of suspected marijuana and other illegal drugs on his property. The Times reports authorities say a search of Billy Gale Keckler's home on Tuesday led to the discovery of an estimated 12 pounds of marijuana beneath... more »
  • BP contractor finds cement samples midtrial

    March 14, 2013 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawyer for the cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling project says the company has found cement samples possibly associated with BP's Macondo well that weren't turned over to the Justice Department for testing. Halliburton lawyer Donald Godwin told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday... more »
  • Mass. meningitis pharmacy blames cleaning company

    January 4, 2013 7:06 AM

    BOSTON - The Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak that has been blamed for 39 deaths and hundreds of illnesses is blaming its cleaning contractor. The Boston Globe reports that attorneys for New England Compounding Center sent a letter to UniFirst Corp. demanding that it take... more »

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