Lake Charles man accused of contractor fraud

Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 11:23 AM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man has been arrested following an accusation of contractor fraud, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Spokeswoman Kayla Vincent says the victim contacted authorities regarding the incident on May 17.

The victim told deputies that in January he hired Olaf P. Shreve II, 60, to repair his home. The victim says he paid Shreve $5,000 for half the materials needed for the project. Deputies say Shreve cashed the check but never delivered the materials or began the repairs.

Deputies say they also found that Shreve did not have a contractor’s license.

A warrant was signed for Shreve’s arrest by Judge Tony Fazzio on July 8. Shreve was later arrested on August 3 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center for residential contractor fraud worth over $1,500. He has since been released on a $20,000 bond.

“We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.”

This year alone, 20 cases of contractor fraud have been resolved by the Contractor Fraud Response Team.

“The task force has been pretty busy and seems to be picking up more and more,” said Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

When it comes to contractor fraud, the proof is in the work that hasn’t been finished.

“Each case is individually looked at,” Guillory said. “If we can make a determination that they are trying to take advantage of our citizens, then we are going to arrest them and put them in jail.”

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed, call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at (337) 437-3405.

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