A Pensacola contractor related to controversial contractor Matthew Banks was arrested for larceny on Wednesday evening.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jillian Durkin told the News Journal that Jesse LaCoste, the brother-in-law of Pensacola contractor Matthew Banks, is being charged for an incident that occurred in Gulf Breeze, but authorities are unable to release further information.
Jail records indicate deputies booked LaCoste into Santa Rosa County Jail at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He was released Thursday morning at 1:25 a.m. on $10,000 bond.
Escambia and Santa Rosa counties revoked both LaCoste and Banks' contractor licenses earlier in August after the counties were inundated with complaints that both contractors took clients' money and failed to begin or finish home remodels.
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Both contractors have had dozens of cases come before Escambia County's Contractor Competency Board and Santa Rosa's County's Building Code Board of Adjustment and Appeals, where they have been ordered to pay millions of dollars back to clients who allege they failed to conduct or finish contractually obligated home renovations.
The Pensacola Police department issued a warrant for Banks' arrest in early August for a charge of contractor failing to provide a refund, which is a third-degree felony. He was arrested by Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies on Aug. 10 and was released on bond the same day.
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