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Local contractor arrested for fraud in LaPlace

LAPLACE — A local, unlicensed contractor — who police said stiffed a material supplier and produced shoddy work in LaPlace — is facing numerous felony charges following his arrest this week.

Troy L. Kendrick Sr., 55, of Reserve posted a $19,500 bond Thursday and was released following his arrest for contracting without a license, home improvement fraud and contractors – misapplication of payments prohibited.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began a December investigation of Kendrick after receiving a complaint in reference to unfinished work.

Through investigation, officers learned Kendrick was hired to construct an addition to a LaPlace home, where Kendrick was paid $22,000 as a down payment to purchase materials and begin work.

“The victim reported that the home’s addition failed an initial code inspection since some of the prerequisite work was performed improperly and/or not per parish codes,” a Sheriff’s Office release said. “Officers also discovered that Kendrick did not pay a lumber company for material delivered to the home, and he was not licensed to perform construction work.”

Kendrick was arrested Wednesday.