Hurricane Isaac contractor fraud arrest made

Published 12:21 am Wednesday, March 15, 2017

LAPLACE — Hurricane Isaac struck St. John the Baptist Parish more than four years ago, and authorities are still working to strike back at those who used the storm as an opportunity to steal.

New Orleans resident Jon McCoy, 37, was arrested Thursday, accused of fraudulently passing himself off as a state-licensed contractor and accepting payments for repairs to a LaPlace home he never completed.

St. John Sheriff’s Office investigators believe McCoy entered into a contract in October of 2012 to repair a Yorktowne Drive residence that was damaged during flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac. McCoy failed to complete repairs to the house, authorities said, after accepting payment for materials that were never paid for or picked up. He is also accused of misrepresenting himself as a Louisiana State Board Licensed Contractor.

Det. Michael Shard, the department’s contractor fraud detective, said the case was first brought to his attention during the summer of 2016.

Shard said he is not aware of any other potential victims but welcomes community members who have similar concerns to call him at 985-359-8764.

McCoy was booked with contracting without a license, misapplication of payments and home improvement fraud. He was released Saturday after posting a $19,000 bond.