Baton Rouge contractor James Sandifer, 53, was found guilty as charged to misapplication of funds after a judge trial was held on Oct. 14, the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s office reported.


Baton Rouge contractor James Sandifer, 53, was found guilty as charged to misapplication of funds after a judge trial was held on Oct. 14, the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s office reported.

Judge Alvin Turner, Jr. presided over the case that began on Oct. 14, in Gonzales.

During 2006, Sandifer was contracted to build a home for an investor. After the home was built and subsequently sold the investor and the new home owners started receiving liens and unpaid bills that were supposed to have been paid by Sandifer.

The investor was told that there were no outstanding bills to anyone when in fact there were numerous outstanding bills on this home.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and arrested and charged Sandifer with misapplication of funds.

Turner, Jr. set sentencing in this case for Nov. 16.  Kenneth Dupaty was the Assistant District Attorney representing D.A. Ricky L. Babin, and the defendant was represented by Greg Rome.