OGDEN — Weber County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Kearns man wanted in a series of construction fraud cases along the Wasatch Front.
Deputies on Wednesday booked Loua Toumafi Tupoumalohi, 26, on warrants out of Ogden and West Haven involving incidents in which homeowners allegedly were charged for work not performed or completed.
According to state court records, arrest warrants against Tupoumalohi also were active in Brigham City, Farmington, West Jordan, Provo and American Fork on allegations including theft by deception and contracting without a license.
Judges in an least five courts along the Wasatch Front have issued warrants for Tupoumalohi’s arrest since 2019 after he failed to appear to face charges.
An Ogden Police Department probable cause statement said a 71-year-old Ogden woman in 2019 saw a social media advertisement for concrete construction placed by Tupoumalohi.
He gave her a $6,500 bid for a new driveway and he asked for a $4,900 down payment, which she paid, the statement said.
Before work could begin, the woman’s homeowners’ association vetoed her driveway project and she asked Tupoumalohi for her money back.
After weeks of no response, she called police.
An Ogden detective said in an arrest warrant that Tupoumalohi, who went by his middle name, Toumafi, told the woman he worked for “Top of the Line Concrete.” But the detective said no such company exists in Utah and Tupoumalohi did not have a contracting license with…