July 15, 2019

Lewiston repairman gets jail sentence in mail fraud case

PORTLAND — An appliance repairman who submitted nearly $50,000 in phony warranty repair bills to Frigidaire was sentenced Thursday to five months in prison for mail fraud.

Jay A. Rodrigue, 36, of Lewiston also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after his prison term, including five months in community confinement.

A U.S. District Court judge also ordered Rodrigue to pay $46,174 in restitution.

Rodrigue pleaded guilty to five of 31 charges against him.

U.S. Attorney Jay McCloskey said Rodrigue was an authorized repairman for Frigidaire warranties. Prosecutors alleged that since 1989 Rodrigue submitted bills for fake warranty claims and falsely claimed that repairs had been done.

Rodrigue owns Jay’s Small Engine & Appliance Service in Lewiston.

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