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Pine Belt man arrested for repair fraud, allegedly back at it

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COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - When Willy Jordan and his wife decided to have an in-ground pool put in their back yard two months ago, they didn't expect the outcome they've got, a torn up yard, some unfinished concrete and a giant hole.

"Frustration right now, I'm telling you it's unnecessary stress," said Jordan. "It's been a week and a half since there's been any work and we still don't have a liner," said Jordan.

The Jordans hired Charles Jason Howard, owner of Pinebelt Pool Company, to take on the project, but a week or so into the deal, Jordan became suspicious of Howard's work and went to the Internet.

"That's when I Google searched him and found WDAM's site on him," said Jordan.

Howard was arrested last summer on three counts of home repair fraud involving the construction of swimming pools. The cases ranged from $5,000 to $13,000.

"When we talked to him, he acted like that was different issues and he wants to do a quality job here. That we he can show that he is a legitament pool builder," said Jordan.

But Jordan says that's not the case and Howard isn't holding up his end of the bargain, from all around sub-par work to damaging a neighbors fence and a slide to nowhere.

"He guarenteed in 3 weeks a completed pool, the kids could be diving off the diving board. Now it's week number 9 and you see this is what we've got and an ear full of excuses," said Jordan.

Expensive excuses at that. The Jordans have already paid for most of the work and materials up front.

"It's embarrassing to say, but over $10,000 so far," said Jordan.

Howard called News 7 to clear his name Wednesday morning, claiming he had previously been cast in a bad light. He agreed to an interview, but when it came time for it, Howard didn't return our calls. A problem Jordan saidhe has had as well.

"I feel like in the end, I'm going to have to have someone else finish this pool," said Jordan.

Jordan says he's still deciding whether to pursue with criminal charges as a hole sits in his back yard.

"All these promises and excuses, it's a bunch of bull," said Jordan. 

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