JEFFERSON, La. -- Archie Jefferson has surrendered to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, according to Col. John Fortunato.
Fortunato said Jefferson will be booked into the JPCC with contractor fraud.
Jefferson is one of several contractors wanted for fraud related to home elevation jobs in Jefferson Parish, said Sheriff Newell Normand at an afternoon press conference.
The warrant is unrelated to the homicide investigation into his wife's beating death, a case in which Jefferson, brother of the imprisoned former Congressman Bill Jefferson, remains a primary focus.
Jefferson allegedly owes a subcontractor $14,000 for a home elevation job in Marrero, and his is one of several contracting companies charged in Jefferson Parish, according to the JPSO. The warrant for Jefferson is for misapplication of property and theft and comes after subcontractor TMB Services filed a complaint.
“He was doing these projects without a license,” Normand said.
The complaint stems from a home elevation job, which was for $24,000, between Jefferson's company, Triple J Construction, and TMB. According to the JPSO, the job finished in August 2011, but TMB has yet to be paid $14,000 of the total contract.
Jefferson pleaded no contest to the state licensing board in October of 2011, according to the JPSO, after being cited.
Shortly after the murder, Jefferson was arrested in New Orleans on a minor traffic warrant, but was hospitalized and released because of a medical condition. To that, Normand said, he’s not moved.
“I’m not concerned about Mr. Jefferson at all,” Normand said. “I’m concerned about the victims. And I’m concerned about all the other people he may have fleeced.”