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Baton Rouge woman facing contractor fraud charges

When an individual is accused of a crime that relates to his or her job, this can tarnish his or her reputation. In addition to facing penalties for criminal allegations, a person could endure harm to their personal and professional reputation based on the allegations faced. White collar crimes may seem less serious than other crimes, such as drug and violent crimes; however, crimes of fraud are considered to be very serious and can carry harsh penalties if an individual is convicted.

According to recent reports, a Baton Rouge woman was recently arrested based on allegations of fraud. Based on reports, the woman supposedly claimed to be a licensed contractor, failing to complete cabinet repairs that stemmed from a flood in August 2016.

The 50-year-old woman was arrested by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and was charged with engaging in the business of contracting without authority as well as contractor fraud. Police stated that she had taken $1,000 as payment for the cabinet restoration job. The victim claimed that it this job was never completed.

Because the supposed victim stated that no work was ever done after giving the initial $1,000 to complete the $5,000 project, authorities were called. In the course of their investigation, police discovered that the business the defendant claimed she was operating under did not exists, and a search of the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors revealed that she was not a licensed contractor in the state.

Facing fraud charges is not simple or minor matter. A conviction does not only result in criminal consequences but could make it difficult for a defendant to make a living. Thus, no matter the type or severity of the criminal allegations, those facing white collar crimes should understand the criminal defense options available to them.

Source: Wafb.com, "Woman arrested for contractor fraud after failing to make repairs, claimed to be licensed," Dec. 31, 2017

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