Contractor accused of fraud after allegedly tearing half of roof off house, leaving it exposed to weather

By Louisiana Record reports | Nov 11, 2014

GRETNA – A contractor is being sued by a customer who claims he tore half of the roof off her house and left it exposed to the weather resulting in tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Gaynell Conner filed suit against August Williams, individually and on behalf of A&D Contractor & Tractor Service LLC, in the 24th Judicial District Court on Sept. 4.

Conner asserts that on Feb. 26, 2013 she entered into a contract with Williams and his company A&D Contractor & Tractor Service to provide repairs to the exterior of her house and a fence on her property and her insurer provided him with checks in the amount of $1,756.63 and $4,834.39.  However, the plaintiff contends that prior to the second check being tendered only two-thirds of the job had been completed and the defendant certified a mechanics lien establishing that the job was complete.

Conner alleges that afterward Williams sought an extension to the contract to complete roof repairs that included the initial estimate and payments and thereafter tore off half of the roof and left the home in the condition and exposed to weather conditions for over five months resulting in $64,748.51 in further damage to the property. The plaintiff claims that after the incident the defendant told her to contact his insurer who would pay for the damages, but when she did an impostor claims adjuster came out to the property on the defendant’s behalf and only later, after she made a complaint to the state insurance commissioner, she found out the defendants’ insurance had lapsed. Conner asserts that Williams later pleade guilty to the State Board of Contractors for being out of compliance.

The defendant is accused of deception, fraud, doing incomplete work and providing expired insurance documentation.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought by the plaintiff.

Conner is represented by attorney Willard J. Brown Sr. of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge Nancy A. Miller.

Case no. 741-987.

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