BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge siding business owner accused of stealing thousands from Baker residents is facing more charges and has been arrested again. Sources say he was on his way to the gym for a workout when he was arrested.
The Baker Police Department arrested Tanweer Bhatti, the owner of Southern Siding, on charges of residential contractor fraud and theft of assets of aged persons in October 2015.
Baker Police will release information about the new charges Wednesday afternoon in a news conference.
Last year, police received complaints about Bhatti from several elderly residents in the Parkwood Terrace Subdivision. They reported their residences were in "extremely poor conditions" after work done by Bhatti's company. The victims were all over the age of 60 and retired.
During a LSLBC hearing on July 15, the suspect's attorney entered a plea of no contest to the first count of "performing new residential construction or home improvements contracting services over $75,000 without possessing the proper State Residential Building License." Bhatti was also found guilty by the LSLBC on the second count of "performing contracts in an unworkable manner or has failed to complete contracts with no good cause, or has engaged in fraud or bad faith."
According to the LSLBC, Bhatti was cited for violations two other times. In 2009, he was fined after being found guilty of operating without home improvement registrations. In 2011, he was fined again after being found guilty of doing home improvement work in excess of $75,000.
LSLBC said that Bhatti's residential building contractor license expired in 2013.
Bhatti is also accused of similar activities in other parishes.
Several victims claim Bhatti used their personal information to take out loans. The Louisiana Attorney General's office has an ongoing investigating into Bhatti for alleged mortgage fraud.