Fla. contractor faces embezzlement charge

Published 4:38 pm Friday, October 13, 2006

A Florida contractor has been returned to Mississippi to face an embezzlement charge stemming from a hurricane restoration project.

Don Gene Clemons, 55, of Pensacola, Fla., was jailed Thursday at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center. Clemons was being held on a $50,000 bond.

Clemons allegedly entered into a contract with Jackson County homeowners and was advanced $45,000 to rebuild a home after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, according to the sheriff’s department.

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The contract was drawn up in September 2005 and work was to start immediately.

On March 29, the homeowners filed a report with the sheriff’s department alleging embezzlement.

Clemons was arrested in Florida on an outstanding warrant and returned to Mississippi.