The following information was released by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB):
Just eight days after pleading "no contest" to one felony count of grand theft by false pretenses here in California, paving scam suspect George Stanley is behind bars in Pennsylvania.
After Stanley's no contest plea on September 30, 2009, in Tulare County, his bail was reduced to $20,000. His "no bail" arrest warrant from the state of Pennsylvania was reduced to $100,000.
Stanley, 29, from Moosup, Connecticut, made both bails and was released from custody last Friday, October 2, 2009.
This morning Stanley turned himself in to authorities in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on the Pennsylvania warrant, which alleges:
Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Felony)
Receiving Stolen Property (Felony)
Criminal Conspiracy (Felony)
Deceptive or Fraudulent Business Practices (Felony)
Theft by Deception (Felony)
Manufacture, Deliver, Possess with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor)
Knowingly or Intentionally Possess a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance (Misdemeanor)
Stanley was arraigned this morning and is being held in the Chester County Prison (http://dsf.chesco.org/prison/cwp/browse.asp?a=3) on a bail of $75,000 cash. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Stanley's arrest warrant alleges that he and his cousins Kevin Snow, 22, and George Snow, 19, both of Salisbury, Massachusetts, drugged an elderly man in East Brandywine Township, Pennsylvania and scammed him for $22,000. It's believed that the Snows may be operating in the area between southern Colorado and northern Texas.
Stanley faces between 16 months and three years in state prison, and must pay $23,500 in restitution for the Tulare County no contest plea. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 28, 2010.
Additional criminal cases are still pending against Stanley in Butte, Imperial, San Joaquin, Ventura, and Yuba Counties in California on charges of elder abuse, grand theft, fraud, using another person's contractor license, and contracting without a license.
CSLB investigators believe Stanley has conned dozens of Californians, including many elderly, of at least a half-million dollars. Stanley's and his extended family's scheme involved approaching home or business owners, stating they had leftover asphalt from another paving job, and that they could resurface their driveway or fill their potholes for a "good deal."
The so-called "deal" generally ended up costing much more than the quoted price and the work often crumbled within days or weeks. Property owners lost anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars.