8 on Your Side: Pinellas deputies warn of paving scam

DUNEDIN, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas County deputies are warning homeowners about a paver they say has scammed several residents out of money.

On July 5, 2017, deputies arrested 38-year-old Brian Hursey for grand theft.

Hursey, who operated under the business name Bay Area Pavers & Surfaces, agreed to install brick pavers for Dunedin homeowner Jackie Lujan.

Lujan now has the perfect patio, but no thanks to Hursey.

“I had a specific date that the work would be completed, by like April 14th, something of that sort, but I was given excuse after excuse,” she said.

Hursey was hired back in March and given a deposit to do the job.

He finally showed up in late April, to re-measure the patio since Lujan wanted to extend it even further.

“He took a second deposit and demanded that I pay him the full amount up front for the additional,” said Lujan.

Deputies said Hursey took more than $6,000 from Lujan to perform the work, but never started.

She never heard from him again.

“Finally, I could see he just wasn’t going to do it at all, so I asked for my money back on two different occasions and once I started asking for my money back, he didn’t call, he didn’t text, he didn’t do anything,” she said.

Three complaints have been filed with the Pinellas County Consumer Protection Agency.

Detectives suspect there could be more victims.

Lujan wants to warn others.

“This man took what was essentially five months of my teacher’s pension,” she said. “I was thinking that maybe his company ran into hard times or something, that wasn’t the case, he just came into my home and took my money.”

Contact detectives if you believe you’re a victim.

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