Posted: Jun 19, 2013 9:02 PM by Steven Albritton
Updated: Jun 19, 2013 10:33 PM
After multiple complaints about incomplete contracting work, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's office has issued an arrest warrant for Millenium Electronics owner Scott Duhon. New homeowner's Lee and Laura Ketteringham of Lafayette say they are out thousands of dollars after they hired Duhon to install new audio equipment but never showed.
"He said he was coming right back to do the work and he called me with multiple excuses and never showed back up," Lee Ketteringham said.
The Ketteringham's paid him $2,0000 up front to do the work, which as contractors themselves, they say they should have known better.
"He (Lee) paid him prior to the work being done, and sold us a story that he didn't have accounts set up with different vendors, so he needed the money in advance. He said that's how he kept his costs down. He went ten minutes later and cashed the check," Laura Ketteringham said.
We obtained police reports highlighting similar complaints against Duhon in three parishes. In Lafayette and Acadia parishes, only reports have been filed against Duhon. In St. Landry parish two warrants have been issued for his arrest. In all cases, all parties are out thousands of dollars. We were able to reach Duhon by phone, but he told us to call his lawyer. When we asked who was representing him, he hung up the phone.
"He gives us contractors and builders a bad name. He makes us look bad. We're not all like that and I was taken advantage of and it's not a good feeling," Lee Ketteringham said.
If you're thinking about doing any renovations to your home the Ketteringham's have a few tips so others don't follow a similar path. First, make sure you check references of the contractor you're using. Also, make sure you check around with friends to see if they've worked with this contractor in the past, or they may be able recommend someone they have worked with. Last, above all else, do not give money out prior to work being done.