BR contractor officially arrested on LaPlace tornado fraud charges

Published 9:58 am Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Matthew Morris, 40, of Baton Rouge, was arrested Tuesday on fraud charges in St. John the Baptist Parish.

St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre said Morris, the owner of Complete Construction Contractors of Baton Rouge, is charged with fraud via home renovation contracts to damaged homes from the EF-2 tornado that struck LaPlace in February 2016.

In St. John Parish, judicial warrants were recently issued, and Morris was booked this week with home improvement fraud (felony), contractors misapplication of payments prohibited (felony), insurance fraud (felony), filing or maintaining false public records (felony) and insurance fraud (felony).

He also was wanted on a fugitive warrant for Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“This investigation is ongoing,” Tregre said. “Detectives said victims from St. John Parish continue to come forward and file complaints. Additional charges against Morris are expected once all investigations are complete. Once all arrest warrants are issued, a complete update of relevant violations will be provided.”

Police said Morris’ previous alleged violations are for contractor and insurance fraud and misapplication of contractor payments in Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, primarily involving victims of the August 2016 flood.