Baton Rouge contractor arrested for fraud, theft of assets in St. John

Published 2:40 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint May 4 that a contractor had taken the complainant’s money and did not finish the contracted job.

Sheriff Mike Tregre said detectives initiated an investigation and later obtained an arrest warrant for the contractor for home improvement fraud and engaging in business of contracting without authority.

Detectives identified the contractor as Tanweer Bhatti, 63, of Baton Rouge.

“Baker Police arrested Bhatti Monday on two counts each of residential contract fraud and theft of assets of aged persons,” Tregre said. “Since the story of Bhatti’s arrest broke, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have received four additional complaints on Bhatti.”

Authorities said anyone in St. John Parish with a complaint on Bhatti should call 911 dispatchers to file an initial report with the Sheriff’s Office.