Walkertown paving company banned from doing business in NC
WALKERTOWN, N.C. — A Walkertown paving company operating under four names has been banned permanently from doing business in North Carolina, the N.C. Attorney General’s Office said today, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
A Wake County Superior Court judge banned Lige Bobby Boswell, his employees and his various companies from any residential paving or graveling work. Boswell has operated under the names of Katidid Paving, AJ Paving, Absolute Paving and Skyline Paving.
Each company has an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau of Northwest N.C. Absolute Paving and Katidid Paving have been on the BBB’s Bad Baker’s Dozen list for most unanswered complaints within its territory.
The AG’s office said the companies “targeted seniors in the Triad with inflated prices and shoddy work.”
“Ignoring court orders and continuing to cheat consumers is no way to do business,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a statement. “When problem pavers can’t learn to play by the rules, we’ll take action to shut them down.”
Boswell has been ordered to pay $6,100 in refunds to three consumers who filed affidavits in the case, as well as civil penalties to the state. If Boswell violates the court order, the office said he could face contempt of court charges.
The office said company officials approach consumers, including many seniors, claiming they can pave their driveway at a great price using extra asphalt left over from another job in the neighborhood.
“Instead, he charges steep fees, does poor quality work and fails to provide written contracts or the three-day right to cancel required by law,” according to the office.
The BBB website report on the companies listed similar details.
“Consumers report that the company approaches them offering to pave, seal or repair their driveway with materials left over from another job. Several consumers stated the price they were quoted before the work began turned out to be much more once the work was completed.
“In several cases, the company would only accept cash payment and insisted on going to the bank with the customer to get the money. Consumers have also voiced concerns regarding the quality of the work performed, with many problems developing soon after the work was completed.”
Cooper took Boswell to Superior Court in 2011 and won a temporary ban against his paving work while the lawsuit moved forward. Boswell refused to participate in court-ordered mediation and failed to turn over records as required.
The court entered a default judgment against him in October 2012. Reports from consumers to the office’s Consumer Protection Division indicate Boswell resumed his “deceptive, high-pressure” driveway paving tactics sometime in 2013 in violation of the court order.
The office said Boswell and associates have faced criminal charges for operating their fraudulent paving scheme in Moore County. Boswell was stripped of his contractor’s license in Virginia in 2013 after he engaged in similar driveway paving scams there.