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
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.