For Immediate Release
June 17, 2010
Assistant Attorney General Tracy M. Culberson
Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit
Attorney General Michael Delaney announces the conviction of Joseph Stanley, age 19, for multiple felony charges related to a paving scam that Stanley perpetrated throughout Nashua during the summer months of 2008 and 2009.
Stanley, of Nashua, New Hampshire, pled guilty today in the Hillsborough County Superior Court Southern Division to two felony counts of theft, nine felony counts of theft by deception, one misdemeanor count of violating New Hampshire's Consumer Protection Act, and one unrelated felony count of operating a vehicle after being declared a habitual offender.
According to Assistant Attorney General Tracy Culberson, during the summer months of 2008 and 2009, Stanley approached at least a dozen homeowners and businesses in the Nashua area claiming that his paving crew was working in the area and had leftover asphalt. He would point out defects in the homeowner's driveways and offered to repave them with the leftover asphalt. Stanley would quote the homeowners a price of $200-$300 for the work. Once the work was completed, however, Stanley would then demand several thousand dollars more for the work. Out of fear, confusion, intimidation, or a desire to get the pavers to leave, the homeowners would relent and pay the higher cost. Most of the victims were elderly homeowners intentionally targeted by Stanley.
Stanley's sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
The Attorney General's Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit, a specialized unit that prosecutes cases of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, prosecuted the case.
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