Here's the setup. Hood told us a property owner in Madison hired Hall to pour a concrete slab. He paid $10,000 ahead of time. After repeated efforts, the property owner had to hire another man to do the job.
Hall was sentenced this week to serve one year for the fraud and four more for two unrelated felonies. Hood didn't specify what those were. He also has to serve five years probation and pay back the $10,000 to the property owner.
Hood said Hall was convicted under Mississippi’s home repair fraud statute, which provides criminal penalties for anyone who enters into a home repair contract and promises to do work which he or she does not intend to do or knows will not be done.
“It is sad to know the days are gone when you could just shake hands and make a gentleman’s agreement about your business,” said Hood. “The best thing you can do in a case like this to protect yourself, and help us prosecute, is to lay out all of your terms in a signed contract.”
A model contract is available at www.agjimhood.com.