CSLB Press Release - 10/08/09
Notorious Paving Scam Suspect Surrenders to Authorities in Pennsylvania
George Stanley and cousins suspected of scamming and drugging elderly man
SACRAMENTO —Just eight days after pleading "no contest" to one felony count of grand theft by false pretenses here in California, paving scam suspect George Stanley is behind bars in Pennsylvania.
After Stanley's no contest plea on September 30, 2009, in Tulare County, his bail was reduced to $20,000. His "no bail" arrest warrant from the state of Pennsylvania was reduced to $100,000.
Stanley, 29, from Moosup, Connecticut, made both bails and was released from custody last Friday, October 2, 2009.
This morning Stanley turned himself in to authorities in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on the Pennsylvania warrant, which alleges:
- Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Felony)
- Receiving Stolen Property (Felony)
- Criminal Conspiracy (Felony)
- Deceptive or Fraudulent Business Practices (Felony)
- Theft by Deception (Felony)
- Manufacture, Deliver, Possess with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor)
- Knowingly or Intentionally Possess a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance (Misdemeanor)
Stanley was arraigned this morning and is being held in the Chester County Prison (http://dsf.chesco.org/prison/cwp/browse.asp?a=3) on a bail of $75,000 cash. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Stanley's arrest warrant alleges that he and his cousins Kevin Snow, 22, and George Snow, 19, both of Salisbury, Massachusetts, drugged an elderly man in East Brandywine Township, Pennsylvania and scammed him for $22,000. It's believed that the Snows may be operating in the area between southern Colorado and northern Texas.
Stanley faces between 16 months and three years in state prison, and must pay $23,500 in restitution for the Tulare County no contest plea. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 28, 2010.
Additional criminal cases are still pending against Stanley in Butte, Imperial, San Joaquin, Ventura, and Yuba Counties in California on charges of elder abuse, grand theft, fraud, using another person's contractor license, and contracting without a license.
CSLB investigators believe Stanley has conned dozens of Californians, including many elderly, of at least a half-million dollars. Stanley's and his extended family's scheme involved approaching home or business owners, stating they had leftover asphalt from another paving job, and that they could resurface their driveway or fill their potholes for a "good deal."
The so-called "deal" generally ended up costing much more than the quoted price and the work often crumbled within days or weeks. Property owners lost anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars.
Stanley and his accomplices set up their operations at a motel, scam people in the surrounding areas, then move on. Stanley was arrested in both April and May 2008 on warrants from Yuba and Tulare Counties. He posted bail, then repeated his scams in Idaho and Washington State.
Stanley returned to California in spring 2009. He was arrested in Butte County in June, along with both Snow brothers. An estimated $500,000 worth of paving equipment was impounded and is still being held in Sacramento. All three posted bail. While out on bail, Stanley and his cousins are suspected of the Pennsylvania crime.
When Stanley and the Snow brothers returned for a hearing in Butte County on July 17, 2009, Stanley was arrested on a million-dollar warrant from San Joaquin County. His bail was reduced, and Stanley was released. Stanley then missed at least two scheduled court hearings in Yuba and Butte Counties. A Butte County judge issued a warrant for Stanley's arrest on August 6, 2009.
Stanley returned to Yuba County later in August to deal with his 2008 case and was arrested on the Butte County warrant, as well as the "no bail" warrant from Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Stanley's Yuba County case was delayed. An additional arrest warrant was issued in Tulare County, where he missed his scheduled September 11, 2009, court appearance. Stanley was transferred from Yuba to Tulare County Jail, leading up to the "no contest" plea on September 30, 2009. The Snows turned themselves in to Pennsylvania authorities last month, and posted $30,000 cash bail.
CONSUMER TIPSCSLB urges consumers to follow these tips to avoid being scammed:
- Be especially cautious when "good deals" are offered, especially when they involve "leftover" materials.
- Ask to see the contractor's pocket license card and photo ID.
- Verify the contractor's license at www.cslb.ca.gov, www.CheckTheLicenseFirst.com, or call 1-800-321-CSLB (2752).
- Don't rush into repairs, no matter how badly they're needed.
- Don't pay more than 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less, as a down payment.
- Don't pay in cash, and contact the licensee to verify to whom any check should be made.
- Get at least three bids, check references, and get a written contract.
In 2009, CSLB, which operates under the umbrella of the Department of Consumer Affairs, marks its 80th anniversary of protecting consumers by regulating California's construction industry. Today CSLB licenses more than 315,000 contractors. In any given year, complaints are filed against only 3% of licensed contractors. In fiscal year 2008-09, CSLB helped consumers recover nearly $36 million in ordered restitution.
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