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Fire & Police Civil Service Board Chairman pleaded not guilty to charges

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BATON ROUGE — Brandon O. Williams, the current chairman of the Baton Rouge Police Fire & Police Civil Service Board, has now officially been charged with misapplication of contractor pay and home improvement fraud. The East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office stated Williams’ pled not guilty to his charges.

Documents say on July 25, 2023, Williams allegedly received payment for the construction of Scott Campbell’s home, but failed to use the money to settle claims for material or labor. Plus, on January 25, 2022, Williams is accused that he “intentionally took something of value without the consent of the victim or by fraud.”

The charges come after Williams turned himself in after an arrest warrant was issued alleging two counts of residential contractor fraud and a count of misapplication of payments prohibited as a contractor for a recent home construction project.

Williams is recognized by the Louisiana Board of Contractors as a general contractor under the business name, Brandon O Williams Construction, LLC. There are a few violations listed on the Louisiana Board of Contractors for (1) entering into a contract with an unlicensed contractor; (2) home improvement work without a registration; and (3) residential contracting without a license. Williams received a fine for these violations.

I fear that now that the case is before elected officials where he has friends that his influence will influence the court system. I don’t know if he has reached out to his friends, but he has dropped some names with us. Now, learning that the case has moved forward, I feel like justice will be served. Small people won’t be run over by powerful people. Powerful people aren’t above the law.

Scott Campbell, Victim

Williams’ arraignment was December 4, 2023 before Judge Crifasi. This was same day as Williams’ other trial regarding theft over $25,000. Trial is set for March 14, 2024.

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