Unlicensed contractor previously arrested for fraud faces charges in another case

Unlicensed contractor previously arrested for fraud faces charges in another case
Tarodel Grey, also known as "Kitty" (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A woman who was not a licensed contractor when she agreed to repair homes and previously arrested on fraud charges in two other cases now faces charges in a new case, according to investigators.

Court documents indicate Tarodel Grey, 51, of Geismar, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday.

According to the arrest warrant, Grey, who goes by the nickname "Kitty," claimed to be the owner and operator of Whirlwind Contractors, LLC when she signed an agreement with a woman in February 2017 to gut a Baton Rouge home damaged in the August 2016 floods and then rebuilt it.

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The report stated the homeowner was told the entire project would cost nearly $55,000. It added the woman paid Whirlwind Contractors more than $35,000 over the course of the next several months.

Officials said the homeowner told them she noticed in August 2017 that workers were not showing up and the repairs were not being completed. They added the homeowner tried to contact Grey and her co-workers but was unsuccessful. According to the warrant, the homeowner contacted the Louisiana Board of Contractors and learned the company's license had expired on Aug. 9, 2017.

Investigators said they contacted the Secretary of State for Louisiana Commerce Division and found out who the actual owners are of Whirlwind Contractors, LLC. The detective with the Baton Rouge Police Department investigating the case reported the owner said Grey is her cousin. The report added the owner had been staying with Grey due to "a severe medical condition."

According to the warrant, the business owner told the detective she had started to receive letters in the mail and learned Grey had been using her and her father's business license without their knowledge or permission. The report also stated the owner said she immediately moved out of Grey's house and sent her a certified letter to stop using the company's name and stop any activity under the name.

The detective reported further digging into the matter revealed Grey has never been licensed by the Louisiana Board of Contractors for construction. The arrest warrant also indicated the owner said she has not seen or talked to Grey since moving out and that now she and her father "have to fix the mess" Grey made using the company's name.

Grey is charged with residential contractor fraud, theft over $25,000, and misappropriation of payments over $1,000. All three charges are felonies. Jail records show she was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Grey's previous arrest was in January. She is accused of being paid more than $100,000 by two victims who said the repairs were not done to their homes.

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