Posted: Apr 8, 2013 10:45 PM by Erin Steuber
The Lafayette Sheriff's Department is looking for an Acadiana man, accused of theft and home improvement fraud. Shane Leblanc, also known as Shane Romero, claims to own Cajun Construction, LLC. But according to the Louisiana State Licensing Board, neither he, nor his alias or company are licensed.
"He was pretty much just building a square here. We were planning on building a laundry room and a closet on the back of the home," said homeowner Alana Savoie.
For two months now, Savoie's back yard in Broussard has remained a construction site, since the man she hired for the job, never finished the work.
"We signed a contract on Thursday and Shane was supposed to be back on a Monday," said Savoie. "So we tore the backyard apart in a mad dash and then nothing ever happened."
She knew "Shane," as Shane Romero, but deputies say, he's really Shane Leblanc and he's ripping people off. According to Savoie, she paid him nearly $3,000 for work that was never finished.
"Pretty much the day after I gave him the first check, I never saw him again. The second check he requested I leave outside for him because it would delay the process if he didn't get it," said Savoie.
Leblanc is no stranger to Lafayette deputies, he's the suspect in a similar case in the parish.
"He'll be taken into custody and brought back to Lafayette Correctional Center to face those charges," said Cpt. Kip Judice with the Lafayette Sheriff's Office.
Leblanc is also facing 3 similar charges in Vermilion Parish. He bonded out of jail on October 11th.
"He made off with a good portion of the money between the deposit and the roofing materials," said Savoie. "He took about a third of the budget, so it's just really not in the cards to get anything done now."
Leblanc's supposed company, Cajun Construction, LLC, has an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana.