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State Hazard Mitigation Program Suspends New Orleans Based Contractor Pending Outcome of Compliance Hearing

Dec. 2, 2011

BATON ROUGE, La. - The state's Hazard Mitigation program has restricted new advanced payments to a New Orleans-based shoring company pending the outcome of a hearing by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors in December.

The state was notified today that Orleans Shoring's qualifying contractor Christian Cancienne has been called to the December 15 meeting of the state's Licensing Board for contractors for a violation that carries with it the potential for the company to have its license revoked. The state also received and reviewed the evidence that is the basis of this hearing. Therefore, the state is currently halting new advanced payments to this contractor.

Disaster Recovery Unit Executive Director Pat Forbes said, "We are allowing homeowners currently under construction with Orleans Shoring to continue their projects if they so choose. We don't want to penalize homeowners who are currently working with this company, but we can't put new homeowners' projects or additional federal funds at risk. We cannot in good faith continue to make advance payments to new homeowner projects if we know the board is considering revoking a contractor's license."

Forbes said, "As demonstrated by the formation of the state's Anti-Fraud Task Force, we have a zero tolerance policy for wrongdoing in this program and we will diligently root it out. "

The state will make a decision on Orleans Shoring's status in the program pending the outcome of the December 15 hearing.