Jackson Contractor Heads To Prison For Embezzlement

JACKSON, Miss. (PRESS RELEASE) – Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Jackson contractor has been sentenced to prison for taking a consumer’s money and failing to complete repairs on a home in Jackson.

Larry Samuels, 59, pleaded guilty Monday in Hinds County Circuit Court to embezzlement under contract.

Judge William A. Gowan sentenced Samuels to 10 years in prison, with seven of those years suspended followed by three years post-release supervision.

He is also required to pay $2,300 in restitution.

Samuels contracted with a Jackson resident to complete repairs to a home on Wood Glen Drive following a hail storm in March 2013.

After he received payment, he never returned to work on the home.

“This unscrupulous contractor made a bad situation much worse for a consumer who simply wanted her home repaired after a severe storm,” Attorney General Hood said.

“We have no tolerance for those who would take advantage of consumers in a situation like this, and I appreciate the sentence handed down by Judge Gowan.”

This case was investigated by Investigator Miller Faulk and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Shaun Yurtkuran of the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division.

Categories: Crime, State News

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