JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A man has been arrested and charged with home repair fraud in Madison according to Attorney General Jim Hood.
62-year-old Robert Bates was arrested at his home on Thursday.
He is accused of stealing over $40,000 from a person who hired him to repair their home. Bates allegedly never started the work on the home and instead used the money for his own use.
A judge has set his bond has been set at $50,000. If convicted, Bates could face up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Additional charges are expected.
Bates was accused by another person back in 2011. In a 3 On Your Side Investigation a north Jackson nurse says that she hired him to help with foundation issues around her home. He dug a trench and left the work undone for months. Both parties agreed to settle this issue in court.
If you believe you are a victim of Bates’, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 601-359-4230. The AG’s office has guidelines for home repair contracting, including a model contract, available on its website to help consumers prevent becoming a victim to this type of fraud.