LIVINGSTON – A Livingston Parish grand jury indicted often-arrested contractor Matthew J. Morris on 51 criminal counts related to contractor fraud, according to the 21st Judicial District prosecutor.
District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said the grand jury returned the indictment on Wednesday and Morris, 39, of Baton Rouge, remains in the Livingston Parish Detention Center.
His bond now totals $890,000.
“This indictment is only the beginning,” Perrilloux said. “We will continue our commitment to the victims in these cases for recovery of their losses and appropriate justice for Mr. Morris.”
A total of 11 victims have made reports against Morris, the owner of Complete Construction Contractors.
Their complaints led to an indictment that includes nine counts of residential contractor fraud ($1,500 or more), seven counts of misapplication of payment by contractor, 11 counts of insurance fraud, 11 counts of engaging in business of contracting without a license (damages over $300), seven counts of filing or maintaining false public records, five counts of extortion and one count of theft of the assets of an aged or disabled person.
The indictment comes only two days after an Ascension Parish grand jury indicted Morris on 84 criminal counts. Morris was arraigned Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea.
Ascension Parish authorities said he scammed 18 victims.