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Two men arrested for home improvement fraud

Caddo sheriff’s detectives have closed two cases of home improvement fraud, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.

Kenneth James Farnell, 55, of Shreveport, was arrested for operating without a license after a victim claimed Farnell didn’t finish a home repair job. Farnell was paid upfront, causing a $35,645 loss to the victim.

In a separate case, 62-year-old Donald Nelson of St. Martinville, who owns a construction company, hired a subcontractor for a home construction job, but the subcontractor was unlicensed and failed to complete the work. The loss to the victim was $23,000. It is against the law for a contractor to employ a subcontractor who does not possess the required license.

Both men were arrested and booked into the Caddo Correctional Center. The cases were investigated by Dets. Mike King and Jeremy Edward.

For questions regarding this press release, please contact Cindy Chadwick at (318) 681-0666

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