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  • Homeowner says independent contractors created life-threatening issues in her home Play Video

    September 21, 2017 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A homeowner has a warning for others tonight after she says independent contractors did shoddy work in her home and it's now preventing her from moving back in following the August 2016 flood. At first glance, Angela Clapper's renovated home may look beautiful. But if you... more »
  • Contractor arrested after failing to complete house remodeling, repairs

    September 11, 2017 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge contractor was arrested after he allegedly took $37,000 for incomplete work on a residence. According to police documents, David Gabriel Jr. was hired by the victim in December 2016 to remodel and repair his flood-damaged house. Gabriel was paid in advance to... more »
  • Woman blames busted culvert on FEMA contractor Play Video

    August 30, 2017 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A crushed drainage pipe is causing a flooding problem whenever it rains. A homeowner says a truck drove over the culvert in front of her house and smashed the concrete pipe under her driveway. Shiela Weatherman says it happened when her FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit was... more »
  • Contractor confronts man with his stolen trailer Play Video

    August 2, 2017 11:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A fast thinking contractor snapped several pictures of a stranger towing his stolen trailer. Jhonny Lopez said he confirmed the vin number and asked the man where he got it. "The guy said he bought it from someone else for $300," said Lopez. "But I think he... more »
  • Charges dropped for contractor accused of fraud Play Video

    July 28, 2017 7:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Last year's flood has given some contractors a bad name, however one contractor says police threw him in jail without talking to him or even going to the home where he was doing the work. Wilson Reado was arrested in May for felony contractor fraud.... more »
  • Contractor with expired license arrested for incomplete work

    July 27, 2017 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police have arrested another contractor accused of home improvement fraud. According to police documents, Paul Carney was hired to repair the walls of a home damaged by last year's August flood. The homeowners observed repeated instances of "poor quality workmanship" from Carney. After... more »
  • Homeowner says contractor forged her signature to get money Play Video

    July 24, 2017 6:22 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A family hired a contractor who knocked on their door a few weeks after the August flood. They thought the construction would be finished by now, but it's far from it. Joycelin Ebbers says her contractor did something without her permission and it involves forging her... more »
  • EBRSO: Fraud contractor paid thousands, never finished flood repairs

    June 29, 2017 9:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies say an unlicensed contractor is accused of making shoddy repairs to a flood victim's home and taking thousands of dollars. EBRSO deputies say Michael Hartford Jr. was paid $11,800 by a flood victim to make repairs to damages caused by the... more »
  • Unlicensed contractor accused of swindling flood victim

    June 24, 2017 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor was arrested after he allegedly took money from an August flood victim and failed to complete work on his home. The affidavit says Jason Rushing met with a man about fixing his home after taking damage from last year's flood. Rushing reportedly told the... more »
  • Contractor accused of fraud says, it's 'not the complete truth' Play Video

    June 14, 2017 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor facing fraud charges in three parishes went before the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors Wednesday morning. Michael Simmers with TWG LLC stepped in front of a podium prepared to address alleged violations against him, but his hearing has been postponed. "My lawyer... more »
  • Accused fraudulent contractor's wife says they will lift all liens on customers' properties

    June 7, 2017 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The wife of a contractor arrested on several counts of fraud across multiple parishes has released a statement on behalf of their company Wednesday. Matthew Morris is accused of taking advantage of victims of the August flood and placing liens on many of those victims' homes.... more »
  • Baton Rouge contractor arrested, reportedly committed fraud against flood victim

    June 6, 2017 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge contractor was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly failed to make repairs on a flood victim's home. According to arrest records, Joseph Armant, 35, owner of RJ Custom Home & Interior, Inc., was arrested after a complaint was filed on April 19 by the... more »
  • Surveillance captures daytime theft in Baton Rouge Play Video

    June 6, 2017 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A pistol, some tools and about $700 in cash was the take for two thieves on a densely populated street Tuesday morning, according to the victim. Contractor Bert Koerin said he and his crew had just began work inside an apartment in the Sherwood Meadows neighborhood of... more »
  • Contractor faces fraud charges in three parishes Play Video

    June 6, 2017 5:32 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- A subcontractor from the New Orleans area who is unlicensed, according to arrest documents obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit, is accused of taking flood victims and contractors for a ride in three parishes. Chris Barron faces charges in Livingston, Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes. Currently, he's... more »
  • Man facing contractor fraud charges in Ascension, Livingston arrested again

    June 1, 2017 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man, who already faces a slew of contractor fraud charges in Livingston and Ascension Parishes , is now facing more charges in East Baton Rouge Parish. Police arrested 46-year-old Michael Simmers on charges of residential contractor fraud after receiving a complaint on March 8. The... more »
  • Contractor arrested after fraud forces elderly BR man to sell home

    May 20, 2017 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say an elderly Baton Rouge man was forced to sell his flood-damaged home after he was allegedly scammed by a Texas contractor. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, 45-year-old David Kite was arrested Friday after he allegedly took thousands of dollars from a 71-year-old... more »
  • Contractor admits spending elderly customer's money, arrested

    May 6, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Mississippi contractor was arrested after he admitted spending over $2,000 an elderly person gave him to complete repairs. According to arrest records, on April 20, a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office was informed of the case. The victim, who is over... more »
  • More victims, more charges pending for contracting company Play Video

    April 28, 2017 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another contractor with ties to TWG Contractors has a warrant out for their arrest. Dean Stiller, who is listed as an officer of the company is facing a residential contractor fraud charge. The warrant filed in East Baton Rouge Parish, says Stiller intentionally failed to possess... more »
  • State Licensing board talks contractor fraud

    April 27, 2017 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Yet another chance for flood victims to ask questions, but this time, the answerer is different. The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors will be on hand Thursday at Dutch Physical Therapy in Denham Springs, to talk contractor fraud. Thursday is the second of a... more »
  • UPDATE: woman charged after accusing contractor of fraud

    April 18, 2017 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A woman who accused a Zachary based contractor of residential contractor fraud was arrested for criminal mischief. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Mary Buck, 27, was issued a misdemeanor summons for criminal mischief earlier this month. Buck was charged after an arrest warrant... more »
  • FEMA dirt pile creating mess for property owner Play Video

    April 17, 2017 6:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Large mounds of dirt have been creating an issue for a homeowner who recently moved back into his home following the August flood. Donald Spencer says the dirt washes from the property next door onto his yard every time it rains and sits on his property.... more »
  • Man accused of failing to complete repairs on home after paid $36,000

    April 13, 2017 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested a man after a woman says that he never completed repairs on her home that was damaged by a fire when he was paid $36,000 to do so. Deputies arrested 40-year-old Leonel Alexander Carbajal for charges of residential contractor... more »
  • Louisiana picks contractor to manage flood aid program

    April 13, 2017 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The company chosen to manage Louisiana's $1.3 billion flood aid program for homeowners is the same firm that was earlier selected for the work and then saw its contract scrapped and the bid process redone. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that IEM was selected to oversee... more »
  • Matthew Morris says through attorney liens will be dropped Play Video

    April 13, 2017 11:26 AM

    UPDATE: Matthew Morris was booked on four counts of residential contract fraud, two counts of theft and one count of insurance fraud Thursday. Morris' lawyer released this statement Friday: "Mr. Morris is innocent of the criminal charges against him. This is a civil matter, not a criminal one,... more »
  • Matthew Morris pleads not guilty to 84 charges in Ascension Parish

    April 12, 2017 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Livingston Parish grand jury has indicted a contractor on 51 counts of charges including contractor fraud after investigators say he scammed 11 victims after the flood. The indictment in Livingston Parish comes two days after a grand jury in Ascension Parish indicted Matthew Morris on... more »
  • Contractor hired in good faith had no license, but does now Play Video

    April 7, 2017 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor facing fraud charges in Baton Rouge has bonded out of jail. A homeowner who filed charges against Sargent Pitcher is worried he'll wreak havoc in another's home. Rick Bueche says he hired Pitcher in good faith and had two criteria to meet. "You... more »
  • Contractor booked in March arrested again in Ascension Play Video

    April 6, 2017 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor arrested on fraud charges, also arrested in Livingston Parish Thursday, was booked in Ascension Parish Friday. Michael Simmers was charged with residential contractor fraud and theft of assets from an aged or disabled person. He is being held at Ascension Parish Jail. Simmers, the owner... more »
  • LPSO looking for wanted contractor accused of fraud

    April 6, 2017 12:01 AM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a contractor accused of fraud. LPSO officials say Michael Simmers of Prairieville is wanted on a charge of residential contractor fraud. Simmers is the owner of TWG Contractors. In March, Simmers was charged with one count... more »
  • Police: man arrested for not completing repair work, not having contractor's license

    March 31, 2017 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man has been arrested after police say he did not complete work on a home that he was paid more than $1,000 to do and does not have a contractor's license. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested 48-year-old Tyrone Fultz for charges of residential... more »
  • Baton Rouge contractor could help build border wall Play Video

    March 30, 2017 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A civil contractor said Thursday he's on the short list to help build President Donald Trump's wall on the Mexican border. James Larry Prudhomme, a Trump supporter, has run his company JL Investments in Baton Rouge for over a decade with a focus on commercial construction. ... more »
  • Contractor accused of not completing work on flood damaged home

    March 30, 2017 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say another contractor has been charged with home improvement fraud after not completing work on a house damaged by the August floods. Chancellor Orlando Porche was charged with one felony count of home improvement fraud Thursday. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman arrested for contractor fraud

    March 28, 2017 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman was arrested for contractor fraud after she allegedly tried to take advantage of a flood victim. Deputies arrested 58-year-old Ora Williams of Baton Rouge after she reportedly lied to the victim about being a licensed contractor. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's... more »
  • More victims come forward, Matthew Morris case grows Play Video

    March 20, 2017 6:30 PM

    GONZALES - A hearing to revoke the bond for Matthew Morris of Complete Construction did not happen Monday, Judge Jessie LeBlanc continued the motion and it has not been rescheduled. More victims continue to come forward. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says another victim who hired Complete Construction filed... more »
  • New Orleans man arrested for alleged home repair fraud in Baton Rouge

    March 18, 2017 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE -- A New Orleans man who took payment to replace a roof just after the August floods was arrested Friday on fraud and theft charges. Police say Melvin Hendricks took a $4,200 initial payment and promised to replace a roof at a flood-damaged home, according to Hendricks'... more »
  • Contractor arrested over undone work

    March 18, 2017 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE -- A contractor who took $4,000 to remove and replace a flooded air conditioning system was arrested Friday. Laroy Turnipseed Sr. was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of misapplication of payment by a contractor. A woman whose house was flooded told... more »
  • Justice for woman who hired contractor accused of scamming victims Play Video

    March 15, 2017 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One of the dozens of victims allegedly taken advantage of by Complete Construction's Matthew Morris, has some good news. Last month, 2 On Your Side visited the gutted Denham Springs home of Courtney Stricklin. Then, she was dealing with a lien on her home that prevented... more »
  • BRPD: contractor accused of scamming elderly victim

    March 15, 2017 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police detectives have arrested a Denham Springs contractor on multiple fraud charges Wednesday. Police say Andrew Darian was charged with two counts of home improvement fraud, felony theft, misapplication of payment and theft of assets of an aged person. Investigators say two victims,... more »
  • Contractor accused of stealing thousands from flood victim arrested a second time

    March 7, 2017 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A South Carolina man has been arrested for contractor fraud a second time after he was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a flood victim. According to EBRSO, 49-year-old Gregory Gager was arrested Tuesday on charges of home improvement fraud and misapplication of contractor pay.... more »
  • Accused fraud contractor arrested by Walker Police Department

    February 23, 2017 9:47 PM

    WALKER - The contractor accused of fraud in Ascension, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge Parishes has been charged again by the Walker Police Department. Walker Police obtained a warrant for Matthew Morris' arrest on charges of residential contractor fraud, contractor misapplication of insurance payments, insurance fraud, and extortion. ... more »
  • Authorities searching for suspect in multiple August flood fraud cases

    February 18, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple police agencies are searching for a man after he allegedly committed contractor fraud against several victims of the 2016 Baton Rouge floods. Matthew Morris, owner of Complete Construction Contractors, is wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and Walker Police department... more »
  • New info on contractor accused of stealing thousands from flood victim

    February 15, 2017 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor is set to be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail Wednesday after he allegedly took thousands of dollars in payments from a flood victim without completing repairs. According to the victim, she paid 49-year-old Gregory Gager an initial deposit of $2,500, plus... more »
  • Woman taken advantage of by contractor, asking victims come forward Play Video

    February 12, 2017 5:39 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A woman says she was taken advantage of by a contractor, filed a report with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, State Attorney General and the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. When she didn't think enough was being done, she took matters into her own hands and tracked... more »
  • Charges refused against contractor accused of fraud

    February 10, 2017 4:51 PM

    UPDATE: District Attorney Ricky Babin said charges against Gregory Gager have been refused and his bond was returned. Babin said the there was not enough evidence to pursue charges. Original story from Feb. 10, 2017: ASCENSION PARISH – A South Carolina contractor was arrested for fraud... more »
  • More victims speak out following contractor arrest Play Video

    February 9, 2017 6:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A contractor's bond has now been set at more than $600,000. Matthew Morris was arrested Wednesday by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office after it received multiple complaints regarding possible contractor fraud. Morris, the owner of Complete Construction Contractors, faces a number of charges in Ascension Parish... more »
  • LaPlace couple charged with contractor fraud in Walker

    January 20, 2017 6:44 PM

    WALKER – Police say a LaPlace couple has been accused of defrauding thousands of dollars from a Walker resident who was impacted by August’s flooding. According to Walker Police, Denny Cutrer and Jennifer Haywood were charged with one count of felony residential contract fraud and misapplication of payments by... more »
  • Woman waiting on MHU tired of communication mishaps Play Video

    December 22, 2016 6:21 PM

    CENTRAL - FEMA says it expects to have everyone who has been approved for a Manufactured Housing Unit, in one by January 31. It's been a difficult road for Kandy Rodgers, who says the communication issues surrounding her MHU continue. She's been told it would be "any day" and... more »
  • "God fearing contractor" arrested by LPSO after WBRZ report Play Video

    November 10, 2016 4:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- A shady contractor exposed by the WBRZ Investigative Unit on Monday was arrested on contractor fraud charges by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office less than 48 hours after our report. Michael Tanner posted a $25,000 bail and was released. James Travis praised LPSO for taking quick... more »
  • Flood victim claims he was taken by "God-fearing contractor" Play Video

    November 7, 2016 5:35 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- A man in Livingston Parish claims a contractor who promised to fix his home after taking nearly $32,000 in payments, took off with his money and didn't finish the work. Tonight, the Baton Rouge Police Department and Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office are both investigating. Contractor Michael Tanner's... more »
  • Avoiding contractor fraud following flood Play Video

    October 12, 2016 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's been more than 1,000 calls to investigators concerning fraud from the flood. As more homes dry out and homeowners prepare to repair their homes, contractors will be hired to rebuild. State Attorney General Jeff Landry says the National Fraud Disaster Center is answering calls... more »
  • Man claims his severe losses came from contractor, not flood Play Video

    September 23, 2016 5:04 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- A man fortunate enough not to lose everything in the flood, managed to lose everything after. Ray Riley blames the State's Shelter at Home Program and one of the contractors doing the work. What should have been a relatively simple job, turned his family's life into a nightmare.... more »
  • 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 »

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