$90k misplaced in residence improvement fraud in Krotz Springs

KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (KLFY) – A contractor from Texas is dealing with prison fees in Acadiana. Law enforcement in Krotz Springs say he promised to renovate a property, but he took the revenue, and didn’t complete the operate.

“He was not forthcoming on giving any of the components back, or any of the income back again,” explained Krotz Springs Law enforcement Detective Amber Robin.

Steven Michael Shauer, 38, of San Antonio, is charged with household improvement fraud. Police say Shauer created a deal with a area female in November 2021, to repair up an previous dwelling on Principal Avenue. The lady sent a total of $91,756.54 to do the do the job. She even despatched periodic payments to get it accomplished a lot quicker.

Having said that, small do the job was accomplished, and the project was never ever finished. Pics from inside the residence, shared with Information 10 by police, demonstrate uncovered partitions, and fixtures eradicated. It is a transforming career not even shut to currently being accomplished. “She experienced to pay extra money to get an electrician to make the residence livable to truly continue to be in. It was certainly demolished,” mentioned Robin.

Robin suggests its was discovered in the course of the investigation that Shauer is not licensed in either Louisiana or Texas. Authorities brought him back to St. Landry Parish previously this week, to facial area a cost of property enhancement fraud. He was released from jail a quick time later on $5,000 bond. “This male lives all the way in San Antonio, Texas. We have to fret about him coming back again to courtroom, and if she’s going to get restitution for any of this,” mentioned Robin.

Police say do your study when functioning with a contractor, and be wary of handing around substantial sums of dollars up front.