Contractor Scam

June 4, 2008 7:41:45 PM PDT
The Contractors State License Board says 28 year old George Stanley performed paving jobs all over California, including at Precision Auto in Dinuba. The practically new asphalt is crumbling and falling apart. The pavement started fall apart a day after Stanley laid it down and he cashed his check.George Stanley plead not guilty Wednesday morning to three felony counts including grand theft and conspiracy to commit fraud. After posting bail, he and his attorney quickly left the courtroom.

Pamela Mares, Contractors State License Board, "Mr. Stanley is a predator. He's been going up and down the state peddling his paving scam to a number of victims usually at about $10,000 a pop. He needs to be stopped."

The Contractors State License Board taped Stanley's arrest a couple weeks ago in Sacramento. Board investigators say Stanley and his workers arrive at homes and businesses in state-of-the-art construction equipment. Victims say he seemed trustworthy and made them an offer they couldn't refuse. Mares says, "A lot of times they will pull up with a truck load of asphalt and say they have material left over from a job. I can offer you a very god deal." But the deal, says attorneys, turns out to cost 2-3 times more than their verbal agreement, and the paving job quickly falls apart.

Precision Auto in Dinuba says it was victim to Stanley's scam. Judy, at Precision Auto, says, " I kept questioning him trying to find out exactly where he was and who he was working for. And he ended the conversation by saying, 'I did your work, I cashed the checks' and he hung up on me."

Now, Judy says she's afraid she will never see any of the more than $11,000 she gave to George Stanley. If he's convicted of the charges, he faces 4.5 years in prison.


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