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Operation Hammer Strike Nets More Arrests

Photos and story from: Office of the State Attorney General    Filed 711/07  GCN

Attorney General Jim Hood announced  the arrests of two more suspects, one of whom was convicted of child molestation, for Home Repair Fraud in Operation Hammer Strike.  
Michael Dean Lillard, A.K.A. Michael Dean Mills of 128 West Lakeview Drive, Temple, GA (photo left) was arrested by the U.S. Marshal's Service in Temple, GA today on a felony charge of Home Repair Fraud stemming from a January 2007 investigation by the Attorney General's Office.  Lillard  was previously convicted of Child Molestation in 2002 in Georgia. 

On July 10, Dale VanBuren Jeffers, A.K.A. Damon Jeffers, of 1501 Greenwell Circle, Biloxi, MS, (photo right) was located and arrested by the Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force, a division of the U.S. Marshals Service. Jeffers, owner of Island Breeze Construction,  is charged with Home Repair Fraud for allegedly  taking $25,000.00 to build a garage and an addition to a residence in D'Iberville, MS and not completing the job.

According to the complaint, the construction performed was of such poor workmanship that most of it did not meet minimum construction codes and will need to be torn down.  This complaint was filed with the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office in March 2007. 

Jim Hood commented, "This partnership between our office, local law enforcement and prosecutors, and the U.S. Marshals Service is working remarkably well.  In just over two weeks, this operation has led to the arrest of ten different people in five states.  I look forward to continuing this relationship.  We remain committed to helping our Katrina victims and will continue fighting for as long as it takes.  We applaud the good, honest contractors for helping rebuild the Gulf Coast, but the crooked contractors need to know that they can run but they can not hide."

One update from an earlier arrest:  Reginald Cazenave 1401 E. 1st Street, Okmulgee, OK,  (photo left) doing business as Mack-Lynn Construction, was picked up last Thursday in Oklahoma as part of Operation Hammer Strike on a felony charge of Home Repair Fraud.  Cazenave has waived extradition and is scheduled to be transported back to Hancock County for prosecution. 

The Hancock Sheriff's Department has agreed to transport the prisoner on behalf of the Attorney General's Office.

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