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Florida Man Arrested in Calcasieu Parish for Residential Contractor Fraud

Published April 12, 2021
 
A Florida man has been arrested by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and charged with 2 counts of residential contractor fraud.
 
From the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles, LA – On March 10, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Larry D. Fitzgerald, 59, Panama City Beach, FL, in reference to contractor fraud.
 
During the investigation the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with Fitzgerald in September 2020, at which time she paid him over $60,000 in order for him to repair damages to her home sustained during Hurricanes Laura and Delta. The victim stated Fitzgerald advised her she would be able to move back into her home in January, but the repairs have yet to be completed. During the investigation detectives also learned Fitzgerald did not have a valid contractor’s license to work in Louisiana until October 2020, which was after he signed a contract with the victim.
Detectives attempted to make contact with Fitzgerald on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful. After further investigation, on March 31 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Fitzgerald’s arrest. On April 7, Fitzgerald was located and arrested, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center, and charged with 2 counts of residential contractor fraud over $1,500. He was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond.
 
“We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and have recently formed a Contractor Fraud Response Team.
 
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 437-3405.”
 
CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case.