Operation Hammer Strike Makes Another Arrest for Contractor
From: Office of the Attorney General Filed 7/18/07
Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of yet another Home Repair
Fraud suspect under Operation Hammer Strike, the joint effort of the
Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office and the Gulf
Coast Fugitive Task Force, headed by the U.S. Marshals Service. This
operation, which began rounding up suspects the first week of July, has
now resulted in the arrest of 11 people suspected of felony Home Repair
Fraud. "We'll keep this operation going as long as it takes to track
every last crooked contractor," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "There
are plenty of good contractors and we want to keep them working but we
cannot let the crooked ones continue to take advantage of our Katrina
On July 16, 2007, Lance Joseph Ledet (photo right) met investigators from
the Mississippi Attorney General's Office at the Harrison County Adult
Detention Facility and turned himself in on a warrant which was issued for
Ledet's arrest for Felony Home Repair Fraud.
On November 29, 2006, the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division
in Jackson, MS received a complaint from a consumer regarding a modular
home for which she had placed a down payment of $35,000 which was never
delivered. The consumer's home had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The complaint stated that she paid $35,000 on July 24, 2006, to Ledet.
The written contract was dated July 19, 2006.
Bond was set at $25,000 by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray