Two Arrested In Driveway Paving Scam

(December 7, 2007)—Two men were in custody Friday in Bell County in connection with what Bell County sheriff’s investigators said was a driveway paving scam that targeted senior citizens.

The Bell County Sheriff’s Office says it has investigated three cases in which elderly residents were approached with a “too good to be true” paving offer.

The individuals claimed to have asphalt left over from a contract job for the Texas Department of Transportation and offered to pave driveways for prices ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

They did the work, but then they insisted on payments ranging from $7,000 to $9,000 and then intimidated or threatened the residents in order to get the money, the sheriff’s office said.

All three cases were reported in rural Bell County, near Belton.

Deputies arrested Perren Boswell, 32, and Christopher Sherlock, 47, on warrants charging two counts of felony theft.

Both were in the Bell County Jail Friday afternoon.

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