Founder Of Cajun Navy 2016 Accused Of Contractor Fraud

The founder of Cajun Navy 2016, whose group assisted victims of Louisiana's August 2016 floods and Hurricane Harvey, finds himself in some legal hot water.

John Bridgers, invited by President Trump as an honoree at his first State of the Union address, was arrested Wednesday in Baton Rouge after being accused of contractor fraud and not being licensed by the state.

A homeowner allegedly paid Bridgers $50,000 to repair his residence but says Bridgers never completed the work.

WBRZ News 2 reports that Bridgers released this statement Thursday night:

"My entire life I’ve built a reputation of being a man of my word. The reports you read in the media are NOT telling the whole story. Let me be clear: I did not defraud anyone.

The situation at hand is the result of miscommunication, not fraud. I attempted to amicably resolve what is a contractual dispute.

Since August of 2016 I have humbly sacrificed countless hours helping neighbors and communities in need whether in Louisiana, Texas or Florida. The Cajun Navy is a nationwide movement and I’m proud to play a small part.

My focus remains on the work the Cajun Navy is doing every day to be prepared to respond to the next disaster, wherever it may be. Your prayers are appreciated."

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