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Hillsborough man ordered to stop paving scheme

Posted May 24, 2013

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— A Superior Court judge has ordered a Hillsborough man to stop paving driveways, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday.

Judge Howard Manning agreed Thursday with Cooper’s request for a temporary restraining order against Jimmy Stevens and his various companies, including Orange Paving, Ace Paving, Power Black Top Paving and Big Time Paving. Cooper asked for the order based on four complaints filed with the state Consumer Protection Division.

Authorities said Stevens often approaches homeowners, especially seniors, and offers to pave their driveway at what he claims is a deep discount using leftover materials from a nearby job. He usually starts work before the homeowner ever sees or signs a contract, and when the work is done, he tells consumers not to drive on the paving for three days to allow it to harden. But the paving material never hardens, Stevens never returns and weeds soon start growing through cracks in the poorly paved driveway, authorities said.

People from Creedmoor, Kernersville and Raleigh have lost between $1,250 and $7,000 each to the scam, and the Consumer Protection Division has also heard from victims in Thomasville, Cooper said.

Cooper is seeking a permanent ban against Stevens’ driveway work, civil penalties and refunds for consumers. Stevens also faces criminal charges from authorities in Polk County, Fla., for fraudulent paving work done in that area.

"Don’t get steamrolled by a paving scammer,” Cooper said in a statement. “Be skeptical of anyone who knocks at your door offering to work on your home, and always check out a company thoroughly and get estimates in writing first.”

To check out a home repair company or file a complaint against one, North Carolina consumers can call1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.


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  • doinbizzness May 28, 2013

    I wonder if this guy is in any way connected to the Clack guy that was doing the same thing? Has WRAL or detectives investigated that? It seems to be a carbon copy of the same scheme

  • elkerster May 28, 2013

    TriangleMommy- very true but as the article said it's usually been seniors and many seniors I know truely believe most people are good so they may not think twice about it.

  • Six String May 28, 2013

    "Don't EVER let anyone do work for you with left over materials."

    Good advice. Here's another hint. If a "contractor" has left over materials, he is either an incompetent estimator or didn't finish the last job and will soon be out of business. Either way you're risking your money with him. A good general contractor will almost never have enough "left overs" to complete another job. That is your FIRST clue that something is not right.

  • stymieindurham May 24, 2013

    Don't EVER let anyone do work for you with left over materials.

  • dsdaughtry May 24, 2013

    this scam has been going all around Highway 401 south between Garner and Fuquay. Police and deputies have been called to investigate, but nothing really happens. The scammers return a few months later with the same scam - but different license plates (usually from SC).

  • sunshine1040 May 24, 2013

    The judge orders a man to stop paving and how many really think that is going to happen as long as he has access to a truck ? Sorry but there is only two ways this man will start obeying the law locked up or disabled then we will still have to support him

  • TriangleMommy May 24, 2013

    Why would anyone hire any kind of worker who shows up at their door claiming to be "doing work for someone down the street"

    NO legitimate business operates this way!

  • AtALost May 24, 2013

    Amazing this type of scam still happens with all of the information / resources now available. Fortunately, I didn't realize this sort of consumer was abundant or I might have taken a different path in life. Sad that some can be taken advantage of so easily. He'll likely get a slap on the wrist, move to another state and start all over again.

  • SouthernPackerFan May 24, 2013

    I'm skeptical of any door-to-door sales offer.
    My rule, if I can't buy it at a store, or I can't get my neighbors recommendations then I stop anyone soliciting before
    they step foot on my driveway, a simple :not interested works best, and if they talk over you.... simple state "Oh I'm sorry, let me use English, Get off my Property!

  • davidk_at_unc May 24, 2013

    "Don’t get steamrolled by a paving scammer,” Cooper said in a statement.

    Good one Roy! Get it? Steamrolled? Paving???