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Mississippi First: Man Arrested for Selling Alarms Without License

JACKSON, Miss.  – A Prentiss businessman has been arrested for attempting to sell home alarm systems in Jefferson Davis and Marion counties without a license.

Brandon Black, owner of Black Opts Tech Solutions, was picked up by a state Deputy Fire Marshal.  His arrest is the first under Mississippi’s Electronic Protect Act.  “I want to commend the Deputy Fire Marshal who led this investigation and made this arrest,” said State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney.  “He has protected the consumers of Mississippi by stopping an individual trying to circumvent the law.”

That law allows the State Fire Marshal’s office to control the sale and installation of all residential alarm systems in Mississippi.  As part of the licensing process, Chaney said criminal background checks are done and applicants must prove they have the proper training.  “If someone comes to your door trying to sell an alarm system, they must have a license and photo ID issued by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Ask them to show you these credentials,” Chaney advised.

The multiple charges against Black could have him paying fines up to $1,000 in fines per account, and spending years in jail.

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