Contractor accused of ripping up driveway without permission

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by JESSE JONES / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 8:58 PM

REDMOND, Wash. -- It's so bold, you won't believe it. That contractors would destroy your property to get a job. I didn't believe it until I saw it.

Today Connie Gray's Redmond driveway looks like a lunar landscape.The craters are all part of an out of this world scam -- contractors who will destroy your driveway in hopes that victims will pay them to repair it.

"This is what he was working on when I came outside," said Connie. "He was standing right here. That's when she made him stop."

It all began when a salesman from City Wide Construction knocked on Connie's door offering to replace her driveway for cheap.

"He says, 'We do these en masse so we can get big truckloads of stuff,'" she said. "All the things he said seemed to make sense."

She told him to go away, but the very next day Connie's daughter Becky caught a worker in the driveway.

"He said he had been picked up by two men at the Home Depot in Des Moines, was left at our house and was told to rip up the driveway and not come to the door and bother us," Becky said.

Steve McLain, top investigator from Labor and Industries says it's that time of the year for door-to door contracting scams, and what happened to Connie fits the pattern.

"What they say is, 'We just finished a project up the road and we got some extra pavement and we got just enough to do your driveway,'" McLain said.

A similar scam claimed a number of victims in Eastern Washington last spring.

"These are contractors who are not registered with us, they didn't have bonds, they didn't check them out," said McClain.

According to their ad, City Wide "speializes" (misspelled on their ad) in asphalt driveways. They won't talk to me and they probably aren't talking to the worker they left at Connie's home.

"The owner of the company never showed up, never called, we had to give the guy a ride to the bus stop and give him money just to get him out of here," said Becky.

We've reported these folks to Labor and Industries and the King County Sheriff's Office. But here are some tips: make sure the contractors you deal with are registered with Labor and Industries; don't fall for a price that's too good to be true; and if someone starts busting up your property, call the police right away.

If you need to Get Jesse - leave him a message at 1-877-51-JESSE (1-877-515-3773). E-mail him at getjesse@king5.com.

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