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Home Repair Fraud Arrest Made at Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport

From: Miss. Attorney General    11/6/07  GCN

Attorney General Jim Hood and State Auditor Phil Bryant today announced the arrest of a Massachusetts contractor following a joint investigation for home repair fraud.

Investigators from the Attorney General's Office and the State Auditors Office Katrina Fraud Task Force, with assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested Daryle Arthur Jager (photo right), age 47, of Somerville, Massachusetts at the Biloxi/Gulfport Regional Airport as he was boarding a plane for Boston, Massachusetts.

"Today's arrest should send the message to crooked contractors that our state is committed to cracking down on this type of fraud," said Attorney General Jim Hood.  "We aren't going to tolerate our residents being taken advantage of like that."  Jager is charged with felony false pretense after taking an initial down payment of $7,000 from a homeowner in Diamondhead, MS, to fix her Katrina damaged home and then failing to do any work.

State Auditor Phil Bryant commented, "The idea that someone would want to take advantage of the residents of our Gulf Coast, especially after all they have been through, is just despicable!  This arrest is proof of how diligent we must be in protecting home owners from unscrupulous contractors.  My compliments to the OSA /Katrina Fraud Unit/ agents for a job well done and my thanks to the offices of the U.S. Marshall's Service and the Attorney General for their assistance in the arrest.

Jager was arrested on a warrant signed by Judge Ricky Adams in Hancock County Justice Court.  He made his initial appearance this morning before Judge Adams who set bond at $10,000. 

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