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Contractors arrested for fraud

GULFPORT — Two out-of-state contractors have been arrested for felony home repair fraud against Hurricane Katrina victims on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, according to Attorney General Jim Hood.

Carlos Enrique Sanchez, 42, of Pearland, Texas, (d/b/a Mineo Homes) was arrested Oct. 14 on three indictments for felony home repair fraud. Sanchez and his now former business partner, Samuel Mineo, were indicted for failing to do work they were paid to do on three homes (two in Gulfport, one in Pass Christian) that were lost due to Katrina.

Mineo turned himself in to the Attorney General’s Office in Oct. 2008. Sanchez did not turn himself in after agreeing to do so and has since been considered “on the run.”

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office requested the assistance of the Texas Attorney General’s Office after learning Sanchez was in Texas. He was arrested in Austin, Texas, Sept. 16, 2009 by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and returned to Mississippi Oct. 14 by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.

Sanchez was booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. He faces up to 10 years and/or a $10,000 fine, plus restitution to the victims.

Additionally, Ed Schreader, 43, from Birchwood, Tenn., (working for Hurricane Relief Corp.) was arrested Oct. 12 following an indictment for one count of felony home repair fraud. The Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office investigated the case and obtained the indictment following allegations by a Gulfport homeowner that Schreader obtained $30,000 to fix a home damaged by Katrina, but failed to do the work.

The indictment was served by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, and Schreader was booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Center where he posted $5,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years and/or a $10,000 fine plus restitution to the victim. 

As with all cases, the defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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