Anne Arundel Police Warn of Possible Paving Scam

… Elderly homeowners in Annapolis, Lothian approached …

By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

6:41 PM EDT, May 12, 2011

Anne Arundel County police have issued warrants for a South Carolina man they suspect has targeted elderly people with a driveway-paving scam.

Police are warning residents to watch out for a man making an unsolicited offer of a low price – but no written estimate or contract – on the work. Three open warrants accuse Tommy Edward Clack, 39, of North Myrtle Beach, of theft, operating without a home improvement business license and making false statements to police.

Police suspect that on April 20, Clack did not provide a 75-year-old Annapolis man a written estimate, came back with a work crew and demanded to be paid far more than the amount discussed. They also claim that on April 27, after discussing a possible estimate with a 79-year-old Lothian homeowner, he returned with a crew and began paving without permission, then charged much more than they had discussed. Police said he also uses the last name Clark and may drive a 2010 red Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck with North Carolina tags ZWJ590 and that may have magnetic Maryland Asphalt Paving Company signs.

Clack has been the subject of similar complaints in North Carolina, according to news reports there. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-222-1960. Police are also advising residents to verify that any contractor they are considering hiring has a current Maryland home improvement license, to obtain several estimates and to remember that a deal that seems too good to be true probably is.

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