Unlicensed contractor held in multiple fraud investigations faces new charges

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BATON ROUGE — An unlicensed contractor previously arrested in multiple fraud investigations was taken back into custody Friday following new criminal complaints.

Tayler Braud, owner of Braud Brothers Electric & Construction, was arrested again Friday on multiple counts, including residential contract without a license and forging a customer’s signature.

WBRZ previously reported complaints about Braud’s fraudulent practices, including his two prior arrests in December 2021 and February 2022.

According to new arrest documents, a person hired Braud, who claimed to be a licensed contractor, in April 2021 after meeting him on the Nextdoor app.

The victim said he wrote Braud a check for $2,300 — half of the proposed contract — to purchase materials and begin construction of an outdoor patio and fence around their air conditioning unit.

But after receiving that first check, Braud never came home. Over the next few months, Braud reportedly promised the victim that he would refund her money, but he never followed through.

A second person reportedly hired Braud in September 2020 to remodel their home’s bathroom and outdoor kitchen. At the time, Braud provided the victim with a business card stating that his business was licensed and insured.

Between September 2020 and February 2021, the second victim paid Braud a total of $43,250. Construction began on the projects, but the victim said the work would “often have problems along the way” and that they were “unhappy with the quality”.

Braud eventually demanded more money from the victim, saying he needed additional funds to continue the projects. The victim said he refused, having already paid the full contract.

Braud then stopped showing up at the victim’s residence, leaving the construction unfinished.

The victim ended up paying an extra $13,217 to have someone else complete the renovations. They were also forced to pay Picou Builder Supply a total of $7,825 for materials that Braud never paid for after a lien was placed on the home.

Officials say Braud also forged the victim’s signature on an affidavit claiming a license exemption, a form ultimately stating that the victim would act as a contractor for the home improvement project.

The Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors confirmed that Braud did not have the proper license to perform home improvement or residential construction work in the state.

On Friday, Braud was incarcerated in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail for forgery, residential contractor fraud and fugitive from justice.

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