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State Fire Marshal's Office looking into local woman's outcry

An elderly woman from the small town of Sandy Hook, Mississippi called Seven On your side in tears, saying she felt taken advantage of by Brister's Mobile Home Transport out of Columbia, Mississippi.

Thousands of dollars and a few months later, Olah Barnett is without a home.

"He said he took that piece of plywood... But it fell into the ceiling," Barnett said, as beads of sweat dripped down her cheek as she pointed to the ceiling of her mobile home.

Barnett said Keith Brister, owner of Brister's Mobile Home Transport said he would send a carpenter to repair the damages made in transit. She waited for hours in her home without air conditioning.

Keith Brister asked Barnett to write two checks. One for $3,500 and one for $1,000 to his wife.

"Instead of making the check to Keith Brister, he didn't want his name on the check. He wanted his wife's name, because he said he was disabled," she said.

"I try to do the best job that I can on any trailer. This is how I pay my bills. I am not out here to misuse anyone," Keith Brister said.

Brister has been in the business for five years. Although he said nothing went wrong along the way, one his employees said in a separate interview that sheet rock fell during the transport of the mobile home.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's web site, Brister's license was revoked in 2012, but reinstated a month later.

According to Jimmy Jackson, Representative of the State Fire Marshal's Office, Olah Barnett's situation is now under review.

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