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Attorney General Announces Arrest of Two Coast Men for Home Repair Fraud

From: Jan Schaefer-AG Public Information Officer      Filed 10/1/07 GCN

Jackson, MS-Attorney General Jim Hood today announced two recent arrests for Felony Home Repair Fraud.  The arrests were made Friday, September 28, and stem from complaints in Harrison and Jackson counties to the Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection Division.  Arrested were:

Clarence Sherrod Nichols, age 32, of Saucier, MS.  Nichols is charged with one count of Felony Home Repair Fraud and one misdemeanor charge of doing home remodeling work without a license from the State Board of Contractors.  The complaint came from a Biloxi homeowner who alleges Nichols contracted to build an addition onto the home and was paid over $30,000 to do so.  Nichols is accused of doing only a small amount of the work.  Nichols was booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a warrant by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.  Bond on the felony charge was set at $10,000 and $1,000 on the misdemeanor.

Alphonse Michelle White, age 58, of Biloxi, MS.  White is charged with one count of Felony Home Repair Fraud following a complaint from a St. Martin homeowner.  The complaint alleges that White was contracted to build a new home on the site of a home lost to Hurricane Katrina.  The homeowner claims that White was paid over $54,000, but did only a small amount of work.  White was booked into the Jackson County Adult Detention Center on a warrant by Jackson County Justice Court Judge Jason Thornton.  Bond was set at $10,000.

"I would be pleased if everyone would do right and we never had to make another home repair fraud arrest," said Attorney General Jim Hood.  "I know that's an optimistic view so let this serve as a warning to crooked contractors:  We will find you and we will see that justice is served."

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