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Wake judge orders arrest of banned driveway contractor

Posted May 24, 2012

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— 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.

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  • Scubagirl May 29, 2012

    This guys face and the story should be posted where ALL will see it, not just under the 5 on your side section.

  • dogphartlives May 25, 2012

    "lmiller2" The only problem with your idea IS, It will not work. Anyone can purchase asphalt. You show up with a truck and cash and it's yours. Try again.

  • dogphartlives May 25, 2012

    "westernwake1" I just want to thank you for always being there to state the VERY obvious.

  • lmiller2 May 25, 2012

    Easy solution to make him stop in this area...call the Contractors who own asphalt plants and they will not sell to him.

  • superman May 25, 2012

    Make a person believe they getting a real bargin and you can drain their pocketbook dry. People are greedy by nature and will do anything if they think they getting a good deal. If you think you getting more for your money you will end up getting nothing for your money. A fool and their money are soon parted.

  • golorealist May 25, 2012

    superman said it right. get it in writing up front, and refuse to pay anything more than that. if they won't put it in writing, tell them to take a hike, because they're up to no good.

  • not my real name May 25, 2012

    If you buy a diamond ring for a dime chances are you've bought a diamond ring not worth a dime.

  • superman May 25, 2012

    Simple solution-- just pay him the price you agreeded upon. Not much way he can remove the asphalt. Put it all in writing when you make the agreement. Dont act too fast to get a real good deal. If it is too good to be true- it probably isnt. People are not money smart when they think they getting a bargain,

  • westernwake1 May 24, 2012

    It will be good to have this scam artist locked up!