Lake Charles, LA –
On April 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Jeffery S. McDowell, Jr., 27, 2309 St. Anthony Lane, Sulphur, in reference to contractor fraud.
During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired McDowell with Absolute Roofing & Remodeling to perform construction work at her residence. The victim stated in February she paid McDowell half the money up front to begin work. Prior to completing the job McDowell contacted the victim and requested the remaining balance be paid. McDowell cashed the check for the remaining balance from the victim, but did not return to complete the job. Further investigation revealed McDowell did not have a valid contractor’s license.
After further investigation, on June 10 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for McDowell’s arrest. McDowell was located in Texas and on July 21 he was extradited and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; failure to possess the required license for home improvements and residential construction; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age). He was released later the same day on a $55,000 bond.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud. 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 Allen Cormier, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case.