- We have more details tonight about a driveway scam the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department warned about a few days ago.
Jim Hebert thought he was getting a great deal when he agreed to let Asphalt Paving re-do his driveway for a few hundred dollars. But one day, and a crumbling driveway later, he found himself out $11,000.
"It should be smooth," says Hebert.
But Hebert's driveway isn't smooth at all. In fact, it's riddled with patches of loose gravel and ruts from tire tracks.
"He told me that he has blacktop left over from a job, that he bought, and he would give it to me for $16.00 a yard," says Hebert.
When the work was done Asphalt Paving told Hebert he owed more than $14,000. But Hebert refused.
"Then they came in and said $11,000 total. I said no way! Well, then I sat down and wrote them a check for $11,000," says Hebert.
Asphalt Paving cashed that check immediately.
The Lincoln County Highway Department thinks Asphalt Paving was using recycled, or ground up asphalt and reusing it on people's driveways.
"I said, 'If I would have been here, looked at this when you left here, you had a front end loader and a truck, I'd have told you to pick every bit of this up with your front end loader and put it in your truck and take it the hell out of here'."
Three people reported similar stories to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department last week; all the jobs were done by Asphalt Paving.
The police report says they can't exactly call what was done criminal, despite it being less than honest.
We tried calling multiple phone numbers for Asphalt Paving and didn't get a response.
The company did tell Hebert they would send him a check for $4,000 and come fix his driveway. But he hasn't seen a check or a work crew yet.
Written By: Lyndsey Stemm