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South Carolina contractor facing more charges for allegedly bilking August flood victims

Gregory Gager, 49 (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Gregory Gager, 49 (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

A 49-year-old man from South Carolina is facing more charges for allegedly bilking flood victims in Louisiana out of thousands of dollars. 

Gregory Gager is now facing charges in East Baton Rouge Parish for multiple counts of residential contract fraud and felony theft. The case is being investigated by the Baton Rouge Police Department. 

According to the probable cause report, Gager is accused of taking payments but not completing the work. One victim claims that Gager took her deposit for $3,833 in September and after completing some of the work, the victims says she paid an additional $3,800 in October. 

The victim says this was the point when work to her home stopped and she was unable to get Gager or his crew to come back to finish the repairs. 

"The victim states that she grew tired of [Gager] making multiple excuses of why he couldn't finish the repairs and requested a refund," states the report. "The victim states that [Gager] initially agreed to repay her, but hasn't repaid any funds to her. [Gager] has stopped responding to her phone calls and text messages since she has requested a refund or that he complete the repairs to her residence." 

Gager is accused of doing the same thing to residents in Ascension Parish. 

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According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies began investigating Gager in November after receiving a complaint. The victim allegedly paid Gager three payments between September 12 and October 3, totaling just over $17,000. She says the repairs were never completed. 

Officials say in late October, Gager contacted the victim via text message and told her he needed additional money to complete the repairs. She responded that he had not yet completed the repairs she had already paid him for.

After this exchange, the victim says she was never able to get back in touch with Gager. Estimates of the work already done were then obtained from two independent contractors. They determined the amount of work actually completed totaled approximately $9,000 to $10,000.

Investigators have learned that Gager is not licensed through the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors, which requires contractors be registered to complete work valued between $7,000 and $75,000.

Gager was arrested in Ascension Parish on Friday, February 10 and was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. On Wednesday, February 15, Gager was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. 

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