Driveway Paver who Scammed Consumers Banned from Doing Business in NC
A driveway paver who targeted North Carolina consumers, especially seniors, with drastically inflated prices and shoddy workmanship is now permanently banned from doing business in the state of North Carolina, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced on Friday.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway agreed with the North Carolina Attorney General's Office request to permanently ban Lige Bobby Boswell of Forsyth County, his employees and his various companies from any residential paving or graveling work in the state. Boswell has used various company names including Katidid Paving, AJ Paving, Absolute Paving, and Skyline Paving.
Consumer complaints issued against Boswell indicate that he operates a classic driveway paving scam. He approaches consumers claiming that he can pave their driveway at a reduced price using extra asphalt left over from another job in the neighborhood. Instead, he charges steep fees, does poor quality work, and fails to provide written contracts or the three-day right to cancel required by law.
Boswell was stripped of his contractor's license in Virginia in 2013 after engaging in similar driveway paving scams there.
Cooper first took Boswell to court in 2011 and won a temporary ban against his paving work while the lawsuit moved forward. Boswell refused to participate in court-ordered mediation and failed to turn over records as required. The court responded by entering a default judgment against him in October, 2012. Further consumer complaints received by the North Carolina Attorney General's Office indicate that Boswell resumed his deceptive, high-pressure driveway paving tactics sometime in 2013, in direct violation of the previous court order.
"Ignoring court orders and continuing to cheat consumers is no way to do business," Cooper said. "When problem pavers can't learn to play by the rules, we'll take action to shut them down."
Boswell has also been ordered to pay $6,100 in refunds to three consumers who filed affidavits in the case as well as civil penalties to the state. If he violates the court order, he could face contempt of court charges.
"Don't let roving paving scammers rip you off," Cooper continued. "If you spot a possible paving scammer, report them to local law enforcement and our office."
To check out a particular company or file a complaint against one, North Carolina consumers can contact the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.