The owner of a Mandeville area interior design company who was arrested in February on six felony fraud counts now faces additional claims of contractor fraud, according to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.
Danielle Matherne Gaspard, who owns Belissimo Interior Design Build, was arrested Friday on additional counts, that bring the total number of alleged victims to a dozen people who were bilked out of a total of $231,613.63, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office began investigating Gaspard in early February after numerous complaints for customers who had paid her for jobs that were either not started or not finished.
The investigation into additional claims of contractor fraud continued over the next nine months, resulting in additional arrest warrants for one count of forgery of a certificate of insurance; two counts of contractor misappropriations of payments over $1,000; two counts of residential contractor fraud between $5,000 and $25,000; and two counts of residential contractor fraud over $25,000.
All are felonies.
Two victims who filed reports recovered their money through a credit card charge back and three victims’ cases are being treated as civil matters, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Gaspard, who remains in St. Tammany Parish Jail, is facing similar counts in Lafourche Parish and St. Charles Parish.