Bad Paving Contractor Faces Criminal Charges

  
     
June 21, 2012


Bad Paving Contractor Faces Criminal Charges

June 21, 2012 - Conway, SC

A paving contractor, whom the BBB of Coastal Carolina has been warning consumers about for over 2 years, finally saw his day in court this past week. Tommy Edward Clack (38 years old), also known as Ed Crabtree, Ed Clark, and Tommy Clark, has been in numerous states operating paving businesses under different names, such as Horry County Asphalt, Horry County Paving, and Crabtree Paving. His red trucks will often just have the name “Asphalt” on them, or he will name his business after the county he happens to be in. Clack has been travelling up and down the east coast - doing work in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Maryland.

Tommy Clack will visit neighborhoods, often preying on the elderly. He tells homeowners that he has been doing paving jobs in their neighborhood and has leftover materials, which he can use to do their driveways at a discount. He has charged consumers anywhere from $2,000 up to $30,000 for paving work. One problem is that the complaints that the BBB has received all claimed that Clack performed very poor work, and the driveways ended up cracking and falling apart within days after. Also, another problem is that Clack will often start working without a contract between himself and the consumers, and after the work is done he will raise the price by thousands of dollars. Tommy Clack is not a licensed contractor, and has been banned from performing paving work in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland.

Clack was finally arrested in SC for warrants and held to stand trial in Florence. Kathy Graham, President of the BBB of Coastal Carolina, was called to testify at the trial. On Monday, June 18, 2012 in general sessions court in Florence, SC, Tommy Clack, pled guilty to one felony count of obtaining goods under false pretenses ($5,000 or more) and three misdemeanor counts of swindling. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison suspended to five years probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $80,500 to the four people in Florence he victimized. If he does not make that restitution over the next five years as ordered by the court, his probation will be revoked and he will be remanded to prison for the full 10-year sentence.

Clack is currently being held at the Florence County Detention Center, where the Dillon Police have also placed a hold on him. Dillon Police have recently charged Tommy Clack with three counts of breach of trust, after he swindled nearly $45,000 from three more consumers earlier this month. In July, Clack is scheduled to face criminal charges in Moore County, NC. He will also be transported, by authorities, to Maryland where he has a fugitive warrant.
 
Kathy Graham is the President/CEO of the BBB of Coastal Carolina. She can be reached at 843-488-0238, or by e-mail: kathygraham@coastalcarolina.bbb.org

The mission of the Better Business Bureau is to promote, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and to instill confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, protect and assist the general public. Contact the BBB by phone at (843)488-2227, or http://myrtlebeach.bbb.org/ or investigations@coastalcarolina.bbb.org