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Authorities again caution residents against asphalt scam

Authorities again caution residents against asphalt scam

January 22nd, 2012 in News

Callaway County authorities continue to caution area residents against a potential asphalt driveway paving scam, but there is little they can do unless and until a local resident calls to complain they have paid for services or materials that were not rendered.

"Certainly if a person is deceived into turning over payment for a service that proves not to be (what they paid for) there is the possibility for felony stealing by deceit," Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson said. "But it's rare to hear about that being reported in a timely manner, usually several weeks have passed before a complaint is made and it kind of takes on a civil nature."

Wilson said it can be very difficult to prove that a service provider never intended to provide the proper service or materials paid for.

"In order to get that kind of evidence, the complaint needs to be made quickly," he said.

Without complaints to take action upon, the most authorities can do is stop and question service-providers who appear to possibly be less than above-board.

That is precisely what Sgt. Bill Akers with the Callaway County Sheriff's Office did Friday morning when he spotted a vehicle and trailer he suspected might be connected to recent complaints about a crew in Callaway peddling asphalt paving services. Those complaints have alleged that crews claiming to be with F&F Paving were offering to pave driveways using recycled asphalt millings and then performing shoddy work with gravel mixed into the asphalt.

"At about 10:35 a.m. I was on routine patrol in the county. I went past Mertens Mini Mart on NN and noticed a white International truck with a trailer with paving equipment on it," Akers said, noting the truck had identifying markings. "The two occupants were outside the vehicle. I made an investigative inquiry, and they said they were both employees with F&F Paving out of Hannibal."