Pride man guilty of contractor fraud

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Louis Allen

PLAQUEMINE - An Iberville Parish jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty in the trial of Louis Allen, 46, 20563 Liberty Road, Pride on May 29, according to District Attorney Richard J. Ward Jr.

Allen was charged with violating contractor's misapplication of payments and engaging in the business of contracting without authority.

The jury deliberated 35 minutes before returning their guilty verdict on both counts.

Chief Felony Prosecutor Tony Clayton of the 18th Judicial District and Dana Larpenteur, prosecuted the case for Ward's office.

Allen was represented by Tom Nelson of the Indigent Defender's Office.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation returnable by Aug. 1 and set sentencing for Aug.14, 2013.

Contactors misapplication of payments carries a maximum sentence of five years. Engaging in the business of contracting without authority carries a sentence of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than five thousand dollars, or imprisonment, with or without hard labor, for not less than six months nor more than five years, or both.

"Contractor Fraud has always been considered by me to be a serious crime" Ward said.

Ward further stated that these types of crimes would not be tolerated in Iberville Parish and his office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who violate these laws.