EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A Denham Springs contractor is back in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for the third time after multiple accusations of fraud and theft by people who hired him to make repairs caused by the August 2016 flood.
According to the warrant filed by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, the victims hired Andrew Darian, 48, to complete work to their homes. In all cases a contract was signed and the victims paid thousands of dollars for repairs.
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One victim told deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office that Darian told him that due to the recent flooding, it would possibly take longer to get to the job and it could take about eight weeks instead of the normal four weeks.
In each case the timeline was extended by months, not weeks.
Many excuses, such as a lack of installers and financial troubles, were given by Darian as reasons why the work was not completed.
Another elderly woman told deputies that Darian allegedly agreed to give her a refund, but when she went to get her money, he never showed up.
Darian was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He is charged with theft (felony), misapplication of payments, residential contractor fraud, and theft of assets of a person who is aged or disabled.
According to jail records, Darian was also arrested on March 15 for residential contractor fraud. He was released the following day after posting a $20,000 bond. Records show he was arrested again March 27 for additional charges of residential contractor fraud. He was released the same day after posting a $45,000 bond. His current bond is set at $67,500.