TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt warned consumers on Tuesday about door-to-door paving scams that are continuing to be seen throughout the state despite cold weather setting in this season.
In the last three months, Schmidt's Consumer Protection Division received multiple complaints regarding door-to-door driveway paving scams. The division received complaints from Stevens, Shawnee, Saline, Republic, Ottawa, Osage, Neosho, Nemaha, Mitchell, Marshall, Jefferson, Douglas and Cloud counties.
The scam usually occurs when pavers claim they have leftover asphalt from a recent job and offer consumers a so-called good deal to pave their driveways. In most cases, the pavers do not disclose all of the charges, fail to inform consumers of their three-day right to cancel and either perform subpar work or fail to complete the job entirely.
In October, Schmidt's office filed a lawsuit against a northeast Kansas door-to-door asphalt paving operation and its owners for allegedly violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. George Swartz and James Swartz allegedly operated under at least eight different business names, including G&M Paving, G&S Paving, Asphalt Solutions Hot Mix Asphalt, All Star, All Star Asphalt Paving, Asphalt Solutions, All Star Paving and All Star Asphalt.
Schmidt asked consumers who interacted with the operation to assist his office's inquiry.