Driveway Paving Scam Hits Chatham
On January 16, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible driveway paving scam in the Siler City area. Further investigation revealed multiple victims had been scammed by Tommy Clack, 47, of 1412 Spring Lane, Sanford. Clack allegedly used different aliases, including Steve Stewart and Tommy Clark. He also operated under different business names.
According to reports, Clack would approach victims at their homes and offer to repave their driveways for a “good price” due to a surplus of paving material. Victims claim Clack would initially agree to a low price and begin work, only to charge hundreds or thousands more than the agreed upon price after completing the job. Some victims paid while others say they were threatened with court action if they refused. If victims were unhappy with the quality of his paving, Clack purportedly demanded higher payment to fix the issues.
Investigators were able to ascertain Clack’s true identity and link him to similar crimes in other counties and states. In fact, it was discovered that Clack is permanently banned by the NC Attorney General’s Office from performing any paving or driveway work in the state due to his fraudulent history.
Chatham County deputies charged Clack with four counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense and failure to give right to cancel off sale premises. Clack was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on January 30 and assigned a $35,000.00 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on March 4.