Biloxi, Gautier men plead guilty to home repair fraud

By WLOX Staff

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Two coast men were ordered to pay their victims back after pleading guilty to charges of home repair fraud this week.

Alphonse Michelle White of Biloxi, 60, was arrested by the Attorney General's Office in the fall of 2008. Tuesday, White entered a guilty plea to a charge that he took a large sum of money from a St. Martin resident for work to be done on a home, and then failed to complete the work.

Judge Harkey sentenced White to five years in prison with five suspended and five years probation. White was also sentenced to the Restitution Program until all fines, fees and restitution are paid.

White was also ordered to pay a fine of $1000 and a sum of $100 to the Attorney General's Crime Victim Compensation Fund and restitution in the amount of $27,833.33 to the victimized home owner.

Gautier contractor Lee Andrew Thweatt, 50, also entered a guilty plea Tuesday in a similar case. Thweatt was doing business as L & S Construction.

He was charged in a case where he was paid over $20,000 to repair a home damaged in a fire.  The AG's Office said he walked off the job without holding up to his end of the agreement.

Judge Krebs sentenced Thweatt to serve five years in prison, with five years suspended.  He was ordered to be placed in the Jackson County Restitution Center until the victim is paid back in full in the amount of $24,450.  He must also pay the Mississippi Department of Corrections a total of $50 per month until he is released from the restitution center.

"It may take a little while longer for the victim to be paid back, but we are satisfied knowing that it will happen," said Attorney General Jim Hood.

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