Home improvement projects turn into nightmares with a local contractor | 3 Investigation


BOSSIER CITY, La. — Imagine paying $60,000 to have your house repaired and months later the only thing you have to show is a house with parts of the roof torn off and your house exposed to the elements.

“This stain here in the living room is from them falling through the ceiling,” said a southern Bossier resident, who asked not to be identified. “It’s water damage. Also, they fell in and as you can see they didn’t even cover everything. … They fell in this area here. Where this area is cut out, this entire area is a result of water damage.”

But it’s not just the inside of his house that looks bad. The exterior still looks like a construction area.

“I gave this business, which is called Peoples Choice Flooring and Remodeling, I gave them the money on August 31, 2021. I gave them $60,000 upfront,” the south owner of Bossier.

It was supposed to be payment for some second floor room additions.

Workers went out for two days in August and essentially tore off huge sections of his roof, exposing the inside of his house. The work was to be completed by November 15.

Then the company told her she had to buy the materials to do the job. It was $3,100 more. These materials are still sitting in his front yard.

And now, “One of the folks at Peoples Choice said we can’t finish your job because we’re out of money. Guy Todd, he was like, ‘I’ve been in jail for this and I didn’t want to go back to jail and I just wanted you to know what was going on,” the owner said.

Todd Coleman

Todd Coleman

KTBS has confirmed that local entrepreneur Todd Coleman has been convicted of home improvement fraud twice. The first time was in February 2019. Judge Parker Self imposed three years of probation on him.

But that didn’t slow him down. About two and a half years later, Coleman again pleaded guilty to home improvement fraud. Self again gave him probation.

“Todd Coleman is the mastermind behind everything. He’s the one who decides,” said Shreveport resident Tommy Wimbley, adding that he and his wife Linda are living through their own nightmares.

Indoor Wimbley

“I hired People’s Choice on May 1 to complete a building. Project manager Todd Coleman after writing the contract said he needed a down payment of $11,000. I paid it by cheque,” Wimbley said.

And here’s what they got: “Holes in the roof, water leaks. All the wiring will have to be ripped out and redone, everything,” Wimbley said.

The owner of People’s Choice Flooring and Remodeling, also known as Rick’s People’s Choice Flooring and Remodeling, is Rick Paul.

Here’s what Paul said at Wimbley in his office: “It’s $21,000 for the total job. You deposited $10,000.”

Tommy and Linda Wimbley

Tommy and Linda Wimbley

During the conversation, an unidentified woman said, “He deposited $11,000. In the file, it says $11,000.

“I bet $11,000,” Wimbley said.

KTBS spoke with Paul twice on the phone. An on-camera interview was scheduled, but he canceled the morning it was supposed to take place. Paul said he couldn’t do it on the advice of his lawyer.

Repeated attempts by Wimbley to get their money back or get the job done right have also failed.

Rick Paul

Rick Paul

Including this conversation that Mr. Wimbley recorded with his phone: “The plumbing isn’t finished! Electricity is not finished!

Paul said, “You addressed that to me on Friday and what did I say? We’ll deal with it. Did I say that?”

Wimbley responds: “You’ve been telling me that for five months.”


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