St. Martin Parish officials are investigating a complaint against 51-year-old Neal Joseph Laperouse about whether or not the man committed fraud in May of this year.

Major Ginny Higgins with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office says while investigating the complaint, they discovered Laperouse allegedly took money from St. Martin Parish residents and didn't perform the work he was contracted to do.

St. Martin investigators say Laperouse has outstanding warrants for similar types of allegations with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, the Lafayette Police Department, and the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office.

Laperouse's last known address is in Branch, Louisiana, but investigators say he has had several residences in Acadiana.

Investigators remind the public to be careful when hiring anyone to do work at your home or business. They also suggest getting information from the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana before agreeing to anything.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Laperouse is asked to call the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 394-3071.

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