Wake judge orders arrest of banned driveway contractor
Posted May 24, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The state Attorney General's Office is warning consumers about a contractor who continues to offer driveway paving services after he was banned from doing any such work in North Carolina two years ago.
Authorities say Tommy Edward Clack is doing business under various pseudonyms, including Ed Clark, Tommy Clark, Ed Crabtree and Crabtree Paving.
He has twice been cited for contempt of court because he repeatedly violates the ban, authorities said. Last month, Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway issued an order for his arrest.
Homeowners in Zebulon, Hope Mills, Nashville and Greensboro reported that a contractor had told them he had asphalt left over from another job and offered to pave their driveways at a discounted rate. Once the homeowners agreed, he and his crew quickly laid asphalt and then demanded a much higher price.
Based on previous experience with Clack, the Attorney General linked him to those complaints.
In June 2010, a court order permanently banned Clack from doing paving work in the state after consumers alleged he charged exorbitant sums for shoddy work.
Authorities said anyone hiring a contractor to do paving work should be on the lookout for Clack, who faces criminal charges in other states for similar schemes.
Anyone who encounters Clack offering driveway services or trying to cash homeowners' checks is asked to call their local police department and the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-NO-SCAM.