Contractor accused of taking payments, failing to complete work

Leger faces criminal charges in several parishes

Contractor accused of taking payments, failing to complete work
Kermit Joseph Leger Jr. is accused of failing to complete contractor work for which he was paid. He is wanted out of Calcasieu Parish for theft between $5,000 and $25,000. Leger is in jail in Lafayette Parish on three counts of home improvement fraud, two counts of theft, and one count of misapplication of contractor’s payments. In addition to Calcasieu, the jail also lists holds out of Acadia, Iberia, St. Martin, and St. Mary parishes. (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A contractor accused of taking payments but failing to complete the work is being held in a Lafayette Parish jail.

Kermit Joseph Leger Jr., of Lafayette, is wanted out of Calcasieu for theft between $5,000 and $25,000.

Leger is in jail in Lafayette Parish on three counts of home improvement fraud, two counts of theft, and one count of misapplication of contractor’s payments. Bond in Lafayette Parish is set at $64,000.

In addition to Calcasieu, the jail also lists holds out of Acadia, Iberia, St. Martin, and St. Mary parishes.

In Calcasieu, Leger is accused of taking payment for materials and roofing services, but not completing the work, according to Kayla Vincent, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. The complaint was made on Oct. 27, 2020, and on Nov. 6, Judge Mike Canaday signed a warrant for Leger’s arrest. Canaday set bond at $50,000.

Vincent said Calcasieu detectives attempted to contact Leger but were unable.

On March 3, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office posted that they were seeking the public’s assistance in locating Leger. He was arrested on March 9 and has a court date in Lafayette set for April 14.

The allegations out of Lafayette Parish are similar to those in Calcasieu.

In one case, Leger is accused of taking payment of $1,500 to fix a roof leak and water damage, according to the initial arrest report. However, he allegedly never returned to do the work and deputies found no visible water damage to the person’s home.

In another case, a complainant told Lafayette deputies that he paid Leger $2,700 between Feb. 26, 2020, and April 2, 2020, for roof repair, but that Leger had never done the work, according to another initial report.

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