Cops: Man made off with $68,000 after promising to build home

He was allegedly contracted to build house, but never did

Jim Hanzo
May 01, 2019 - 9:30 pm

Louisiana State Troopers with the Criminal Investigations Division-Houma Office (CID) arrested a man who was wanted in the state of Maine for felony theft.  Authorities were contacted by the Maine State Police (MSP) in reference to an active investigation involving felony theft.  The suspect, 45-year-old Richard Shirey of Mocksville, NC, was located and arrested at his residence in Grand Isle this morning.

Investigators with MSP obtained an arrest warrant for Shirey in March of this year when they learned he entered into a contract to build a home for clients in Maine, but did not perform the work. Shirey collected $68,000.00 for the contract. Through the course of the MSP investigation, it was learned that Shirey was living in Grand Isle.  This information was passed on to LSP investigators who located Shirey at his residence this morning.  Troopers took Shirey into custody and booked him into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Facility where he is awaiting extradition to Maine.

Troopers with LSP are proud to work with other state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies to bring fugitives such as this to justice. The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.

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