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Louisiana AG’s office books two contractors with fraud

Two contractors, one from Mandeville and another from Mississippi, have been arrested in separate cases involving the alleged scamming of Hurricane Katrina victims, Attorney General Charles Foti Jr. said Thursday.

Foti’s investigators arrested Ronald M. Rooney, 39, of Mandeville, on Monday and booked him with felony theft by fraud. He allegedly took $7,000 from a Mandeville couple as part of a contract to install cabinets in their storm-damaged home but didn’t do the job.

Also arrested Monday was Michael Bruce Perry, 59, of Olive Branch, Miss., on a charge of felony theft. Perry was hired by a New Orleans woman to renovate her storm-damaged home and allegedly took $3,756 from her but never completed the work, Foti’s office said.

Neither Rooney nor Perry could be reached for comment.

If convicted, both men face up to 10 years in jail and a fine of $3,000.