3 INVESTIGATES: House enhancement contractor arrested for fraud | 3 Investigates

BOSSIER Metropolis, La. – A local residence contractor that KTBS has highlighted in two investigative reports this 7 days is in jail.

Bossier City law enforcement issued an arrest warrant for Richard Paul, 66, and he surrendered to authorities Thursday. He was booked into Bossier Utmost Stability Facility and is held on a $45,000 bond. 

South Bossier Parish property that continues to be unfinished by Richard Paul’s company. 

KTBS 3 Investigates reporter T.W. Starr has been hunting into Paul and his organization, People’s Decision Flooring and Remodeling, for the past few weeks. The investigation was sparked by problems identified as in by viewers about Paul’s business procedures.

House owners scattered during the ArkLaTex say Paul and 1 of his contractors, Todd Coleman, ended up paid to do household repairs but did not stick to via. A Shreveport lady claimed she compensated the company $74,000 in July 2020. And a Coushatta female mentioned she shed $30,000, although a plumber claimed Paul owes him $7,000.

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Bossier Metropolis law enforcement spokesman Lt. Bart Cavanaugh said Paul’s arrest stems from operate not completed for a home owner on Radbrook in south Bossier City. The house owner experienced storm harm and Paul believed repairs at $112,000. The house owner paid Paul $60,000 up front.

Paul is alleged to have triggered a lot more hurt when operating on the household by slipping as a result of the ceiling numerous periods. The residence then endured additional damage when yet another storm rolled by means of. 

After a number of months of striving to get Paul to complete the career, the house owner filed a grievance with Bossier City police. The property owner informed investigators Paul admitted to not possessing revenue to pay out her again or to entire the career, Cavanaugh mentioned. 

Paul is not even permitted to do that form of operate, Cavanaugh stated. Paul is only permitted by the state to do non-household operate up to $70,000 in worth. 

KTBS talked with Paul twice on the telephone. He canceled a scheduled on-camera job interview on the early morning it was to get place. Starr created multiple visits to Paul’s workplace on Youree Travel but no a person was there.

Todd Coleman

Todd Coleman

Tommy Wimbley, one of the home owners who mentioned he paid out Paul’s contractor, Coleman, $11,000 for get the job done that was by no means accomplished, recorded his discussion with Paul on his cell cellphone. Paul is recorded as indicating he was going to choose care of the undone operate on Wimbley’s home. Wimbley’s reaction: “You been telling me that for the previous 5 months.”

Wimbley blames Coleman as getting the “mastermind” guiding the troubles with the enterprise and describes Paul as a “contractor with a license to steal.”

As KTBS documented Thursday, Coleman is a convicted felon, getting been two times convicted of dwelling improvement fraud. He’s been purchased to pay out restitution of above $36,000 to two victims.


Bossier City law enforcement say any other owners in the city who have unfinished perform as a result of contracts with Paul or his firm must get in touch with them and file stories.