2 arrested in Livingston home-improvement fraud cases

Deputies booked two men on three counts each of home improvement fraud in a still-unfolding investigation, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.

One of the men also was arrested and booked with allegedly discharging septic tank wastes on the ground near a residence in Albany, a Sheriff’s Office news release states.

The fraud cases involve elderly victims paying for work that the men never returned to do, investigators reported.

The investigation has spread to other Louisiana parishes, authorities said.

Deputies said they booked Mark Edwards, 48, of Doris Hutchinson Road, Holden, and Glen Sullivan Jr., 26, 30583 La. 441, Holden, on three counts of home improvement fraud and three counts of business contracting without authority.

Sullivan was also booked with illegal discharge of sewage waste, according to the Sheriff’s Office, which reported that other cases of pumping septic tanks and illegally discharging that waste are under investigation.

Sheriff Jason Ard urged people to be cautious when hiring people to work at their homes.

He suggested checking for contractor’s licenses with the Louisiana State Licensing Board For Contractors at http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/.