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Fairfield Police Arrest Contractor in Paving Scam

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Police arrested an unlicensed contractor they suspect of performing unsafe work in Fairfield last week. Detectives say Tommy Mitchell, 56, of Bridgeport did paving work for an elderly Fairfield resident that that caused “pavement crumbling” and other unsafe conditions.

A friend of the victim called Fairfield Police to report that Mitchell might have scammed the homeowner. According to the report, Mitchell repeatedly knocked on the couple’s door in April offering to repave their driveway for just $6,500. When the work was completed, he did not offer them a receipt or other legally required documents.

The state Department of Consumer Protection deemed the driveway unsafe when its representatives inspected the driveway during the police investigation. They discovered that parts of the driveway were falling apart, that it did not meet the concrete walkway leading to the home, and that pools of water gathered on the driveway after rain.

The state does not have a license on record for Mitchell or his company, Fairfield County Paving. Police say there have been “several complaints” about his work dating to 2006, and that he has previous arrests on similar complaints from Texas and Connecticut. He was arrested Aug. 30 and charged with failure to provide a receipt, failure to provide written or oral notice of cancellation, and failure to register a trade name. He was released on a promise to appear in court on Sept. 15.

Fairfield Police warn residents to use caution and check the credentials of contractors soliciting work. The state Department of Consumer Protection has a searchable database of all licensed companies on its Website for homeowners to check before work begins.

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