Another charge added for DeSoto business owner accused of home improvement fraud

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CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The owner of a DeSoto Parish solar panel installation business already behind bars on charges of forgery and fraud is now facing another charge after a new victim came forward Friday.

According to Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator, 48-year-old Matthew Roberts of Stonewall was arrested Thursday in connection with alleged home improvement fraud.

Roberts, the owner of One Planet Solar, allegedly accepted over $14,000 from a client to install solar panels but did little work and failed to complete the project by the agreed-upon deadline.

Roberts also allegedly presented a fraudulent certificate of insurance when he entered into the contract with the victim.

Following an investigation, Caddo Sheriff’s detectives were able to get a warrant for Roberts’ arrest and the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office picked him up on that warrant Friday.

Roberts was transferred to Caddo Parish and booked into the Caddo Correctional Center.

Late Friday, the Caddo Parish Office confirmed a second victim has since come forward to report that Roberts had used the same fake certificate of insurance. Roberts was then charged with a second count of forgery of a certificate of insurance.

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