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Contractor sentenced for Katrina-related fraud

PICAYUNE — A federal judge has sentenced Joyce E. Jordan to seven months in prison and ordered her to help repay more than $68,200 to Hurricane Katrina victims defrauded in construction jobs.

The Sun Herald reports the judge sentenced her on a guilty plea to a conspiracy charge yesterday.

Her husband, Gary F. Jordan, was sentenced in April to six months in prison and six months in a halfway house.

The couple had operated Jordan Construction in Gadsden, Ala., and had moved to Slidell, La., before setting up shop in Picayune.

Federal prosecutors in Gulfport said the couple conspired to defraud clients by taking payments on contracts but failing to do the work or doing the work improperly.

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