Troubleshooter: Paver banned

CHAPEL HILL Tommy Clack has a long history of problems according to several of his unhappy customers.

The state has been after him for years for pressuring consumers, especially seniors, into paying too much for poor quality paving work.

On Monday, the law caught up with him and he's been ordered to pay more than $27,000 to his victims.

One of Clack's victims, Patricia Odom and her husband, paid Clack $11,000 in 2008 to pave their driveway.

"The next day is when he noticed we had extra large rocks and we thought when they'd come out we'd have big holes, and that was just the beginning as everyday it seemed like something else was happening with that driveway, and now it's just a disaster," Odom said.

The Odom's aren't the only ones with problems. The state's attorney general's office has been after Clack since 2007 for doing substandard jobs.

Since then, the state says Clack's continued to do shoddy work, moving throughout the state and not giving consumer's their three day right to cancel, which is against the law.

Under a previous court order, Clack was supposed to wait at least four days after a written contract was signed before doing any paving work, but he ignored that order.

In court, Clack's attorney didn't deny Clack was in violation of the law, but said he did do the work.

"I think the driveways the people got were good driveways," Clack's attorney said. "They got what they bargained for. He just didn't give them the three days notice."

However, the judge had no sympathy. He banned Clack from ever doing residential paving work in North Carolina again. He also ordered Clack to pay 27,500 back to his victims --$11,000 of that will go to the Odom's.

"I'm very happy with it and if he doesn't pay, he gets jail time," Odom said.

After 30 days, if Clack doesn't pay the $27,500 to his victims, he will go to jail and stay there until he does issue the reimbursements.

Clack's attorney claims he should be able to pay, as he has two homes, including one on the coast and about $1 million worth of equipment.

Clack's story is an eye-opener for everyone to not to fall for anything too good to be true, especially 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."

Take the time to do your research and remember you have a three day right to cancel on any door to door solicitation.

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