Man wanted for home improvement fraud, say deputies

SPRINGFIELD, La. (WAFB) – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man accused of home improvement fraud in 2021 and 2022.

Officer Jimmy Travis said Leche “Bub” Gatlin, 28, of Springfield, La. he received payment for the housing projects but never completed the work.

Gatlin received $1,400 in fees to build the fence in 2021 and has yet to complete construction, according to investigators. Deputies added that Gatlin received $18,000 in 2022 for a major home improvement project, but again, failed to do any work.

Detectives confirmed that Gatlin does not have a license through the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors.

According to officials, Gatlin is wanted on one count of home improvement fraud (value $1,000 – $5,000), one count of home improvement fraud (value $5,000 – $25,000), one count of theft, and one count of unlicensed contracting.

Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office at 985-345-6150 or Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1.800.554.5245.

You can also visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com.

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