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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies announced the arrest of three people from the United Kingdom for an ongoing driveway repaving scam that had occurred in Butte County, the Redding area, and the Sacramento region.
The individuals were falsely claiming to be employees of "A-1 Asphalt Company" and scamming multiple in Chico, Magalia, and Oroville, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.
The crew would approach mainly senior citizens at their homes, telling the victims they had hot asphalt leftover from a previous job and could repave their driveways for free or at a discounted price. Deputies said the crew gave the victims one price, started the work, and then demanded additional money from the victims.
All the work performed was sub-par and will need to be redone, deputies said.
On the morning of Thursday, April 2, authorities determined the crew responsible for the scam was possibly staying in a motel in Oroville. Around 2 p.m., detectives said they saw three individuals enter the suspect’s motel room. The individuals appeared to be removing items from the motel room.
During a search warrant, detectives said they located over $100,000 in cash, two trailers with paving equipment in the motel parking lot, and evidence to support the three individuals were involved in the paving scam.
Deputies detained 18-year-old Patrick Connors, and two 17-year-old juveniles. All three individuals are from the United Kingdom.
Detectives said they learned Connors and the two juveniles had traveled to the Butte County area for the purpose of participating in the paving scam which was also learned to have been performed in the Redding area and Sacramento region.
All three individuals were arrested. Deputies said this investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to check the validity of contractors on the Contractors’ State Licensing Board, prior to having any work performed by a contractor. CLICK HERE to learn more.