Founding Member of Cajun Navy 2016 arrested; accused of contractor fraud

Jon Bridgers, founder of Cajun Navy 2016 was arrested on a charge of contractor fraud.

According to WAFB in Baton Rouge,  Bridgers entered into a contract with a victim in October 2016 to rebuild his home that was damaged due to the August flood.

A $15,000 down payment was made.

Bridgers worked until May or June of 2017 when he was given another payment of $17,000 on January 23 of last year, according to the victim.

He added that he paid Bridgers 7,500 on July 25, 2017, since Bridgers reportedly said he was almost done with the work. 

Bridgers was then provided with another $6,600 payment for tile installation.

The victim says  Bridgers never completed that project.

He also says that while Bridgers did finish the insulation, drywall, flooring, and cabinets, Bridgers ruined the man's carpet that had been installed.  

Bridgers told him he would take care of it.

The homeowner says Bridgers was also given $2,800 for countertops that were never installed. 

In October of 2017, when the victim went to check the progress, Bridgers still wasn't done. 

By November of 2017, the victim says he still could not get Bridgers to finish the work. 

He paid another contractor to complete the job. 

The victim reportedly paid Bridgers a total of $51,297.

On April of 2018, it was learned that Bridgers was not properly licensed with the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors; Bridgers claims he was unaware he had to be licensed to jobs costing over $7,500.

WAFB reports during the investigation, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, acting as a mediator between the victim and Bridgers, received an estimated $3,200 from Bridgers for the countertops, among other things. 

That money was given to the victim who said it wasn't enough.

East Baton Rouge Sheriffs' deputies then scheduled a meeting between the two men to take place on May 3. 

The victim then said the amount of $17,400 was spent to complete the job, which Bridgers allegedly didn't finish. 

Bridgers reportedly countered and said he would not pay the amount unless he saw receipts substantiating the cost. 

The victim reportedly responded saying he would only provide the receipts after he was given the money. 

A deadline was set for May 8 for Bridgers to provide the funds. 

After Bridgers received the money from his bank and scheduled a meeting for May 9, the victim reportedly told the sheriff's office he didn't want the money because it was past the deadline.

Bridges says he assumed he was fired from the job because of the victim reportedly saying he was hiring other people; he also added that it was difficult to complete the job because the victim took the key, which was given to him because of a mishap. 

Bridgers also says he warned the victim it would take a long time to complete the job because of the number of projects he was working on.

Bridgers was booked and bonded out on May 16.

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