Troubleshooter: Paving job follow up

July 26, 2010 3:31:27 PM PDT
There's good news to report about a Troubleshooter investigation from last month.

A local paver who took thousands from his customers and left them with shoddy work finally paid up!

Tommy Clack has a long history of problems and hit a lot of residents throughout the area with bad paving jobs. In June, a judge ordered him to refund some of his customers' money or go to jail.

He paid up with a check for $11,000.

"We're happy on the paving deal now," said the homeowners.

It's been a long road for Patricia and Phillip Odom. They hired Clack last fall to pave their driveway. Patricia says Clack promised her a long lasting product.

She said he told her, "It was 6 times stronger than concrete, and it would be the end to all of our worries."

Instead, shortly after paying Clack in full -- $11,000, the Odoms had problems.

"It has rocks coming to the top, you can see where people turn around on it, it has holes in it where grass comes up," Patricia said.

So the Odoms called the Troubleshooter, who got in touch with Clack. Clack promised to make it right. In the meantime, he continued his sales tactics and the attorneys general's office began an investigation.

The case ended up in court and a judge permanently banned Clack from ever doing business in the state again. Plus he had to pay back $27,500 to some of his victims.

The judge gave him a month to pay and if he didn't, he was going to jail.

After a month, he paid the $27,500 and $11,000 of that went to the Odoms.

The Odoms are happy because now they can have their driveway fixed.

"Thanks to WTVD11, Troubleshooter, and to the Attorney General's office they really helped us," Patricia said.

Clack' trouble with the state involved him not giving customers their 3-day right to cancel, which is against the law.

Clack also has been in trouble with the law in South Carolina for the same sales tactics.

Remember not to fall for anything too good to be true. Especially, the old trick when a paver shows up at your house and says I have asphalt leftover from a job, I can do your driveway for a great price.

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