Attorney General Announces More Home Repair Fraud Arrests
From: Office of the Attorney General Filed 12/4/07
Two Coast Contractors are facing home repair fraud charges, announced
Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Anthony Ross Morgan, age 46, of D'Iberville is charged with two counts of
Felony Home Repair Fraud and two Misdemeanor counts of Contracting without
a State License. Paul Lee Warren (Photo
Right), age 39, of Gulfport, is charged with two Misdemeanor counts
of Contracting without a State License.
Both men turned themselves in Friday, November 30 , to Investigators with
the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office and were
booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. Warrants for the
men were obtained from Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong after an
investigation of complaints filed by two Biloxi Residents. Both of the
complaints involved repairs to homes needed due to Hurricane Katrina
Warren were doing business as Church of Christ Construction, but were not
licensed by the State Board of Contractors. Morgan was charged with the
Felony Home Repair based on billing for work that was not done or not
completed. Morgan's bond was set at $22,000 ($10,000 for each felony
count and $1,000 each on the misdemeanor charges). Warren's bond was set
at $2,000 ($1,000 for each misdemeanor).
Photo Left: Anthony Ross
Anyone can get taken advantage of in a situation like
this," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "The important thing to remember
is to get a contract, get all your terms in writing. That way, even if a
crooked contractor takes advantage, then we have a stronger case to
prosecute them on."
A model contract and consumer tips on home repair contracting can be found