BOSSIER City, La. – A neighborhood home contractor that KTBS has featured in two investigative reviews 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 Maximum Safety Facility and is held on a $45,000 bond.
KTBS 3 Investigates reporter T.W. Starr has been wanting into Paul and his small business, People’s Choice Flooring and Remodeling, for the earlier handful of weeks. The investigation was sparked by grievances termed in by viewers about Paul’s business enterprise tactics.
Owners scattered all through the ArkLaTex say Paul and one particular of his contractors, Todd Coleman, were being paid out to do home repairs but did not observe through. A Shreveport girl reported she compensated the corporation $74,000 in July 2020. And a Coushatta female reported she misplaced $30,000, when a plumber claimed Paul owes him $7,000.
Bossier City police spokesman Lt. Bart Cavanaugh explained Paul’s arrest stems from do the job not performed for a house owner on Radbrook in south Bossier Town. The home-owner experienced storm hurt and Paul believed repairs at $112,000. The home-owner paid out Paul $60,000 up entrance.
Paul is alleged to have prompted much more problems though working on the house by falling through the ceiling many periods. The residence then endured more damage when a different storm rolled through.
Following a number of months of trying to get Paul to complete the occupation, the home owner filed a criticism with Bossier Metropolis law enforcement. The homeowner told investigators Paul admitted to not acquiring income to pay out her again or to full the job, Cavanaugh explained.
Paul is not even permitted to do that kind of perform, Cavanaugh reported. Paul is only permitted by the point out to do non-residential perform up to $70,000 in value.
KTBS talked with Paul 2 times on the phone. He canceled a scheduled on-digicam job interview on the morning it was to get location. Starr made various visits to Paul’s place of work on Youree Generate but no one particular was there.
Tommy Wimbley, a single of the house owners who said he paid out Paul’s contractor, Coleman, $11,000 for get the job done that was in no way performed, recorded his discussion with Paul on his mobile telephone. Paul is recorded as declaring he was going to just take treatment of the undone function on Wimbley’s home. Wimbley’s response: “You been telling me that for the very last five months.”
Wimbley blames Coleman as currently being the “mastermind” behind the issues with the business and describes Paul as a “contractor with a license to steal.”
As KTBS documented Thursday, Coleman is a convicted felon, possessing been 2 times convicted of home improvement fraud. He’s been ordered to pay out restitution of more than $36,000 to two victims.
Bossier Metropolis law enforcement say any other householders in the metropolis who have unfinished work via contracts with Paul or his corporation should really get hold of them and file studies.