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Board of Contractors, AG warn of crooked contractors

JACKSON — Following a series of recent storms, the Mississippi State Board of Contractors (MSBOC) and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office (MSAGO) are joining forces to send a message to crooked contractors that bad business won’t be tolerated in the Magnolia State and violators will be prosecuted.

“Mississippi has been hit hard by storms in 2013, everything from tornadoes to hail storms, causing an increase in out-of-state contractors moving to the state looking for work,” said Attorney General Hood. “Many of these contractors are unlicensed or fraudulent.”

“We caution storm victims not to make a bad situation worse by hiring the first contractor who comes along,” said Stephanie Sills Lee, executive director for the MSBOC. “Take your time and protect yourself against con artists who will take your money and run or from incompetent contractors who will perform shoddy work.”

A conviction for home repair fraud could result in up to 10 years behind bars. The MSAGO and the MSBOC both intend to prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, anyone caught committing home repair fraud.

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