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2 arrested for Miss. home repair fraud

Two people have been arrested in the last two weeks and charged with home repair fraud, Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday.

Authorities arrested Teddy Brian Badurak, of Serenity Homes Inc. in Gulfport, on Tuesday on one count of home repair fraud. Badurak is accused of defrauding a victim of Hurricane Katrina, spokeswoman Jan Schaefer said.

He allegedly took $3,000 from a victim with no intention of performing the work. The contractor allegedly failed to respond to all attempts at communication, including two letters from the attorney general’s office. Badurak’s bond is set at $1,000.

Charles W. Banyard, of Renaissance Construction in Jackson, also was arrested Oct. 3 and faces charges of false pretense and home repair fraud. He was indicted by a Hinds County grand jury for allegedly defrauding a victim of nearly $17,000 in a case that doesn’t involve a Katrina damages.

Authorities said Banyard misrepresented himself as a licensee of the Mississippi Board of Contractors to lure a victim into allowing him to repair her home. Banyard allegedly was paid $16,950 with no intention of performing the repairs.

He faces up to $10,000 in fines and 10 years in prison if convicted.

“We make every effort for the victim and with respect to business to resolve these type cases up front,” Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release. “Usually, we are able to mediate, but when that isn’t possible, when the contractors refuse to do the right thing, that’s when we act.”