Wiggins man gets jail time for home repair fraud

From The Mississippi Link Newswire

JACKSON – A former Wiggins resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for home repair fraud and false pretense in Harrison County.

Charles Lynn Reeder, 53, originally of Wiggins, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of felony false pretense and one count of home repair fraud before Judge John Gargiulo in Harrison County Circuit Court.  Reeder was sentenced to the maximum 10 year sentence on the false pretense charge and five years for the home repair fraud charge with three years suspended, meaning he will serve 12 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department

of Corrections (MDOC).

The charges stem from two separate cases involving Reeder’s company, ABC House Leveling and Home Maintenance, in which Reeder agreed to perform construction work for two elderly victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In the false pretense charge, Reeder agreed to repair their damaged homes, but instead lied about work he never did.

In the home repair fraud case, Reeder misled the victim by claiming he was a licensed and insured contractor, which he was not.  He also performed a small amount of work which was not up to code.

Reeder was extradited to Mississippi from Missouri where he had served time there as a result of three convictions of home repair fraud related charges.

“This defendant took advantage of folks in a most vulnerable moment,” said Attorney General Hood.  “I appreciate Judge Gargiulo imposing a long sentence.”

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