Contractor who fixed up meth homes charged

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) -- A contractor who fixed up homes where methamphetamine had been made is facing federal charges.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis says 45-year-old Douglas Earl McCasland was indicted Monday on charges of mail fraud and making false statements regarding the proper remediation of houses where meth had been produced.

Under state law, all harmful meth residues must be removed from a house before people can live in it again. McCasland was certified by the state as a methamphetamine remediation contractor.

Prosecutors say McCasland improperly certified homes for habitation and mailed documents to officials to release properties from quarantine.

The indictment lists nine properties in Shelby, Dyer, Hardin, Carroll, Humphries and Coffee counties.

Online records do not show if McCasland has an attorney or when he has a court date.

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