Disabled veteran falls victim to contractor fraud in Ringgold, LA

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By Troy Washington

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RINGGOLD, Louisiana (KTBS) – A disabled veteran says he was left dry in Ringgold. He says he paid contractors $ 10,000 to work on his house and that although the check was cashed right away, the business never started the work.

Monte and LeAnn Thames showed KTBS the contract between them and Energy Savers of America, a company based in Monroe, Louisiana. The veteran even showed us the check he wrote them for $ 10,000. In fact, the only thing he couldn’t show KTBS was what that payment earned him. For almost a year, the couple tried to get in touch with the company to start the work.

KTBS did some research and even tried to contact the company. Our attempts were unsuccessful. It appears that the business is no longer in business.

Bienville Parish MPs earlier this month said investigators issued an arrest warrant for Jason Smith and Daniel Hart. Hart has been in trouble for contractor fraud in Union Parish and Ouachita Parish in the past.

“All the phone numbers are disconnected, the Facebook pages are gone, even the websites are gone. There is evidence that there was a business, but that’s all that’s left, the business is gone, ”said Monte and LeAnn Thames.

Monte says he usually does the repairs around the house, but this time he says he did his research and finally took a chance on hiring someone. After this experience, he is afraid to trust another company.

We checked with the Better Business Bureau. The company’s accreditation and rating were revoked.

Thames still hopes he can get his money back. Now he is also looking for a trusted company to complete the job.

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