What started out as a report of a suspected driveway paving scam resulted in a Texarkana, Ark., man being jailed Monday evening on a felony criminal mischief charge.
The 47-year-old man reportedly offered to put down tar on a rural driveway for $1,200. When the work was complete, the man asked for an amount some five times the original quoted price. When the resident declined to pay the original amount, the man began tearing up the drive.
The paver was taken into custody for criminal mischief resulting in damages between $1,500 and $20,000, a felony. He had yet to be formally arraigned Tuesday morning.
Hopkins County Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Toney Hurley said scams, such as paving scams in which one price is quoted then another much larger price is charged when the job is completed, generally target elderly individuals and are illegal.
Sheriff’s investigators encourage anyone who feels they may have been wronged in any scam to contact their office at 903-438-4040, or the nearest law enforcement agency to have it checked out.
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