Deputies: Pine straw bandits arrested, accused of billing Mississippi homeowner thousands of dollars in scam

Published 7:58 am Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Two men have been arrested in connection with what Mississippi deputies describe as a pine straw service scam.

Officials with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office said they received a from a resident who reported that a group of men came by their house on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and offered to put out pine straw bales for $7 a bale.

The men claimed that the job would take a few bales, but when the work was completed, the men claimed that they put out more than 379 bales of pine straw. The homeowner received a bill for $2,600 for the work.

Rankin County officials say the men were paid by a check from the mother of the homeowner, who later reported the incident to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies arrested two of the men, who were at a nearby bank trying to cash the check.