4 Men Face Katrina Fraud Charges in Mississippi

June 12, 2008

Mississippi officials arrested four more people in Hurricane Katrina fraud cases.

Auditor Stacey Pickering says James Hodge of Wiggins, 45, of Mississippi, is facing a felony charge of home repair fraud. Pickering says Hodge received $10,000 for work he never finished in Bay St. Louis.

Also, 47-year-old Peter Howard and 52-year-old Robert Smith are charged with felony false pretense. Both are from Mobile, Ala., and they operated as Pelican Bay Homes. Pickering says they took $140,000 for a modular home in Pascagoula, Mississippi, but never built it.

Attorney General Jim Hood says 32-year-old Kevin Darrell Riggs of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was arrested June 9 in Harrison County, Mississippi. He faces a felony home repair charge because a Woolmarket homeowner claims to have paid for cabinets that weren’t delivered.

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