RAPIDES PARISH, La. (RPSO) - RPSO responded on September 13 to a report of possible contractor fraud in the Forest Hill area.
The victim said they hired a contractor, Charles Nathan Beaudion, 52, about two months prior to the complaint (July), and had not been able to contact him since. The victim said Beaudion was paid over $8,000 for the work to be performed and a contract was signed promising to complete the work.
According to LA Revised Statute 14:202.1, a contractor has 45 days to perform the work specified in the contract.
The victim said Beaudoin never even started the job and would not answer any calls.
Sheriff’s Detectives uncovered several complaints through the Better Business Bureau as well as other law enforcement agencies about Beaudion's work and prior arrests for similar incidents. After a thorough investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives obtained an arrest warrant on Beaudoin for residential contractor fraud $5000-$25,000.
Detectives with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted Rapides Detectives and advised of similar complaints on Beaudion in their parish. NPSO advised they would assist in locating and apprehending the suspect.
On October 8, NPSO announced that Beaudion was in their custody and is currently being held on a $100,000 bond in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. A hold has been placed on Beaudion for Rapides Detectives in the event he bonds out from Natchitoches.
“This was a great effort by our detectives as well as Natchitoches Sheriff’s Office in apprehending this suspect,” said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. “I would also like to thank the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Investigators for their assistance in this case. Whenever homeowners need repairs, they should do as much research on the potential contractor as they can. In this case, the suspect even presented the victim with a contract which would seem like he was legitimate, but he wasn’t. Especially now since we have had these storms come through, make sure your contractor is bonded and licensed and check ratings with the Better Business Bureau and other agencies to see if they are legitimate. Do everything you can to prevent becoming a victim twice.”