Lake Charles man charged with home improvement fraud - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles man charged with home improvement fraud

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Lawrence Toups III. (Source: Lake Charles Police) Lawrence Toups III. (Source: Lake Charles Police)
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A 53-year-old Lake Charles man has been charged with two counts of home improvement fraud, city police said.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said Lawrence Toups III, owner of Toups Construction & Design, was arrested Tuesday morning.

"The victims paid Toups down payments in tens of thousands of dollars for the construction of their homes," Kraus said. "After the money was paid, Toups abandoned the job sites, leaving some victims with no home and some with liens placed on them by subcontractors."

Kraus said the investigation is ongoing and that anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Nicosia at 491-1456 ext. 1268.

Bond was set at $100,000.

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