Unlicensed, traveling paving scammers are under investigation by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
They appear to still be working in Pinellas County. Jeremy Walpole, owner of IHK Services, is the latest victim. He said what makes him most angry is that he didn’t even fall for the scam.
When the traveling company, with the last name “Stanley” on their truck, showed up with an unbelievable offer to pave his parking lot, he told them, “No.” He recognized the scam and sent the guys on their way. He then left for his own business appointments.
A few hours later he got a phone call from the pavers. They had paved his lot anyway – and wanted to be paid.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Walpole said.
So he called 911, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies. Walpole was stunned when they called it a civil matter.
“If you put something on someone’s property and they damaged a few things, and obviously this is something that will have to come up, there should be more done. And they’re out of state, no license, no permit,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office says deputies found no crime because money didn’t exchange hands.
With deputies on property, the pavers agreed to leave and “eat the cost.”
But Walpole is left with a mess. The thin asphalt is already cracking, even though he did everything right.
“I guess you can warn people to say no, but I said no, and they still paved it,” Wapole said.
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