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Arrest Made in Pass Christian Home Repair Fraud Case
 
From: Office of the Mississippi Attorney General    Filed 6/28/07 GCN
 
Attorney General Jim Hood today announced the arrest of Lance Fred Gagnier, age 47,  of Kiln, MS and Kissimmee, FL. Gagnier's arrest stems from a warrant issued by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Bruce Roberts for Misdemeanor Home Repair Fraud.

A complaint and affidavit filed by a Pass Christian resident alleges Gagnier was paid over $3,300 as a down payment for kitchen counter tops that were part of the remodeling of a home damaged during Hurricane Katrina. According to the complaint Gagnier received payment in October of 2006, and never provided services to the victim. Investigators with the Attorney General's office were assisted by The Pass Christian Police Department.

"Co-operation between local, county and state law enforcement agencies is key to fighting Home Repair Fraud," said Attorney General Jim Hood.  "I want the crooked contractors to know that every law enforcement agency on the coast is watching, and if you rip off any of our residents, we will catch you and we will prosecute you. Thanks to the hard work of the DA's, County Attorneys, and City Prosecutors these cases are moving along well."

Gagnier was booked into the Harrison County Jail to be held until posting a $1,000 bond. 


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