Danielle Vickers has been staring at her Ridgewood neighborhood home in LaPlace for months. Hurricane Ida left it in need of a total renovation, so she was happy to get in touch with a Dallas, Texas-based contractor who told her he could bring it back to his house. Vickers tells WDSU Investigates that she signed a contract in October with M&M Roofing and Construction, owned by Laura Nandin, to complete the job. The roof, interior walls and ceilings have been replaced, but no work has taken place since late 2021. Vickers says Nandin charged more than $10,000 for the roof – it was paid with a check from the company insurance from Vickers. “Fascia, gutters and everything to finish the roof are not done,” Vickers said. “She kept asking for papers for the insurance company…I was hesitant, but I wanted her to do everything.” In December, Vickers said he handed over a much larger insurance check for $115,000. He was told the entire remodel would cost $106,000. Communication between Vickers and Nandin was consistent until then. “I found out in January when I called my insurance company that the entire check ($115,000) had been cashed at a grocery store in Dallas,” Vickers said. His insurance and mortgage company confirmed they had been cashed without the proper signatures. There are five similar complaints filed by LaPlace residents against Nandin at the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office – one of them is a relative of Vickers. Lt. Michael Shard of their Criminal Investigations Division says it’s an active case. “What is under investigation is how these checks could have been cashed without the proper signatures or were they handed over to be deposited to the contractor in a business account,” Shard said. “At some point, part of the investigation is that the funds may have been misappropriated and not flowing to the respective jobs for which they were paid.” Nandin has also faced allegations of contractor fraud in the past. According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, the 49-year-old woman was arrested on five counts of contractor fraud and two counts of infirm operation in September 2021. She was extradited from Dallas on those charges. WDSU Investigates is working to learn more about these allegations. Text messages on Vicker’s phone show she and Nandin communicated regularly over the past year about work – but she said she hasn’t received a response or call from Nandin since January 24 . daughter was sick in hospital with COVID,” Nandin said. “She said that was why she didn’t come. We tried to call Nandin’s cell phone number but no one no response. Stay with WDSU is investigating this developing story. The Louisiana District Attorneys Association has published a resource on how to avoid contractor fraud. You can find it here. You can also file a complaint against a contractor. at lslbc.louisiana.gov If you or someone you know thinks you have been scammed by a St. John’s Parish contractor, contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (985) 359 -8769.

Danielle Vickers has been staring at her Ridgewood neighborhood home in LaPlace for months.

Hurricane Ida left it in need of a total renovation, so she was happy to get in touch with a Dallas, Texas-based contractor who told her he could bring it back to his house.

Vickers tells WDSU Investigates that she signed a contract in October with M&M Roofing and Construction, owned by Laura Nandin, to complete the job. The roof, interior walls and ceilings have been replaced, but no work has taken place since late 2021. Vickers says Nandin charged more than $10,000 for the roof – it was paid with a check from the company insurance from Vickers.

“Fascia, gutters and everything to finish the roof are not done,” Vickers said. “She kept asking for papers for the insurance company…I was hesitant, but I wanted her to do everything.”

In December, Vickers said he handed over a much larger insurance check for $115,000. He was told the entire remodel would cost $106,000. Communication between Vickers and Nandin was consistent until then.

“I found out in January when I called my insurance company that the entire check ($115,000) had been cashed at a grocery store in Dallas,” Vickers said.

His insurance and mortgage company confirmed they had been cashed without the proper signatures.

There are five similar complaints filed by LaPlace residents against Nandin at the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office – one of them is a relative of Vickers. Lt. Michael Shard of their Criminal Investigations Division says it’s an active case.

“What is under investigation is how these checks could have been cashed without the proper signatures or were they handed over to be deposited to the contractor in a business account,” Shard said. “At some point, part of the investigation is that the funds may have been misappropriated and not flowing to the respective jobs for which they were paid.”

Nandin has also faced allegations of contractor fraud in the past. According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, the 49-year-old woman was arrested on five counts of contractor fraud and two counts of infirm operation in September 2021. She was extradited from Dallas on those charges. WDSU Investigates is working to learn more about these allegations.

Text messages on Vicker’s phone show she and Nandin communicated regularly over the past year about work – but she said she hadn’t received a response or a callback from Nandin since January 24.

“The last thing she told everyone she worked with was that her daughter was sick in the hospital with COVID,” Nandin said. “She said that’s why she didn’t come.

We tried to call Nandin’s cell phone number but no one answered. Stick with WDSU investigating this developing story.

The Louisiana District Attorneys Association has released a resource on how to avoid contractor fraud. you can find that here. You can also file a complaint against a contractor at lslbc.louisiana.gov.

If you or someone you know believes you have been scammed by a St. John’s Parish contractor, contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (985) 359-8769.