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Operation Hammer Strike Makes Another Arrest for Contractor Fraud
From: Office of the Attorney General    Filed 7/18/07  GCN

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 victims."
 
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 Jr.
 

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