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Man arrested for contractor fraud in Baker

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BAKER – A contractor has been arrested for home improvement fraud, according to the Baker Police Department.

Barney Carter, Jr. was arrested after he only completed $4,000 worth of repair work for a Baker flood victim who paid him $14,000 for repairs.

Additionally, Carter continued to work after the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors notified him that his worker's compensation insurance was canceled.

Daniel Dwyer said he trusted Carter to finish remodeling his home following the August flood.

Dwyer said he said he paid Carter $14,000, but Carter only completed $4,000 worth of work.

"Literally he did the sheetrock and that was it," Dwyer said.

It's been five weeks since Dwyer last heard from Carter. After waiting for so long, Dwyer said he had no other choice but to contact Baker Police.

Baker PD tracked down Carter and charged him with home improvement fraud.

Carter told News 2 he's still confused about any wrongdoing in the situation.

"I did $17,000 worth of work, they paid 14,000. I don't understand it," Carter said.

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