Shreveport contractor accused of fraud sees charges dropped
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
One of the city-hired contractors caught up in a suspected fraud ring in the summer of 2009 saw his charges vanish in a Caddo courtroom Thursday morning.
James Lester was one of several contractors and Shreveport city inspectors who were targeted in an investigation into corruption at the city's community development office and it's limited repair program for low income houses.
Lester had maintained it was all a misunderstanding.
"It was just a simple oversight that a contractor forgot to put insulation in the attic," Lester said after his arrest in 2009.
But authorities said he did more than that.
Lester was charged with contracting without a license and home improvement fraud. But today he saw the charges dropped during a hearing for a motion to quash.
The Caddo Parish District Attorney's office said because of the time frame in which the charges were filed, a Caddo judge granted the motion and dismissed the charges.
Caddo DA Charles Scott said his office is in the process of reviewing the case to determine an appropriate response.