Hurricane Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing $400K

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) - In Alabama, a former contractor from Arkansas who admitted cheating Hurricane Ivan victims out of about $400,000 has been sentenced to ten years in prison.

Forty-two-year-old Tracy Allen Hoyt, who moved to Alabama from Pine Bluff in the wake of the 2004 hurricane, pleaded guilty to multiple theft charges. The prosecutor said at least 59 people were victimized by Hoyt. Hoyt promised storm repairs but never completed them. The judge ordered Hoyt to repay the victims. And Hoyt told the judge that he looks forward to making amends for hurting people.

He apologized for his crimes. His lawyer said he never meant to hurt anyone. The lawyer said he was just a poor businessman.

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