Deputies responded to take a report of residential contractor fraud and exploitation of the infirmed that occurred in the Tioga area on November 9th, 2020.
Detectives identified Fredrick Lawrence Fontenot, 45 of Canton, Texas as a suspect. According to the Residential Contractor Fraud statute, fraud occurs when the contractor “fails to perform any work during a forty-five-day period of time or longer after receiving payment, unless a longer period is specified.”
On January 20th, 2021, detectives followed up with the victim and the job had still not been completed. Detectives had sufficient probable cause that supported the allegations and warrants were obtained for Fontenot’s arrest in reference to Residential Contractor Fraud < $1,000 and Exploitation of the Infirmed.
Detectives contacted the Canton Police Department in reference to the arrest warrants for Fontenot and on April 15th, 2021, Fontenot was arrested and booked into the Van Zandt County Detention Center. Fontenot was later transported back to the Rapides Parish Detention Center where he was booked on the warrants and later released after posting a $3,000 bond.