Couple wanted in flood contractor fraud scheme
AMITE - Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's deputies say a man and a woman with numerous aliases are wanted in a flood contractor scheme that has taken more than $35,000 from two victims already in the Ponchatoula and Robert areas.
Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release Amber Contractors has been bidding jobs for home improvement work related to the August flood, accepting the initial step payment, employing unknowing subcontractors to do the work and then failing to pay those subcontractors.
Panepinto says Amber Contractors is not licensed in Louisiana or anywhere else.
She says arrest warrants have issued for 50-year-old Michael Evans Auxier and 51-year-old Maria Lee Avare.
The pair is wanted in Tangipahoa Parish on felony counts of home improvement fraud and misappropriation of contractor funds.