Tommy Clack Trial for Scamming Seniors Starts Monday in South Carolina
On Sunday (June 17) morning, police in Florence (SC) arrested driveway paving scam artist Tommy Clack. Clack is scheduled to be tried starting Monday (June 18) in South Carolina on charges that his paving company ripped off senior citizens for home improvement services in 2009.
Last week, the South Carolina prosecutor said that Clack could have been tried in absentia for the 2009 charges if he did not show up for his court date on Monday.
Clack has been out of jail since May, when Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Paul Hackner released Clack after a plea agreement. Clack is due in Maryland on July 10 for sentencing and restitution.
During Clack’s time away from court, reports indicate that he vigorously continued to run his driveway paving scheme, swindling seniors in several cities in North Carolina—where he is banned from contracting in the entire state—and in several towns in South Carolina—where he had open warrants.
Aside from this week’s trial in South Carolina, Clack also has upcoming court dates in Raleigh (NC), Dillon (SC) and in Anne Arundel County Maryland.
Clack has been running an illegal driveway paving scam since at least 2008 when he was first arrested in North Carolina. He began the Maryland part of his scheme in Davidsonville in April 2011, but was later caught working in Annapolis, Crownsville, Lothian, Harwood, Crownsville and Millersville. He has also been caught working his scheme in Howard and Queen Ann counties, where the sheriff and police have issued warnings to citizens.
Please remember to consult the Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing to look up contractor licensing on the Maryland Home Improvement databank. Always get quotes on jobs in writing. Finally, if it sounds too good to be true… it probably is.
Here is a general timeline of Clack and his work:
|June 17||SC: Florence||Problem paving contractor jailed
Tommy Clack jailed in Florence for bilking four seniors of $90,000. Trial begins June 18 (Tonya Brown).
|June 15||SC: Myrtle Beach||Clack’s back: notorious paving contractor returns
NewsChannel 15 reporter Joel Allen says at least two people spotted Clack in Myrtle Beach.
|June 14||SC: Florence||Problem paving contractor to be tried in Florence County
Tommy Clack scheduled to be tried on June 18 in Florence County SC on charges dating to Sept. 2009. Reporter Tonya Brown says Clack could be tried even if he is a no-show.
|June 8||SC: Dillon||Paving scam artist strikes again in Dillon
Carolina Live News 15 reporter Taylor Williams says Tommy Clack was ticketed and fined $100,000 for paving an 84-year-old woman’s driveway without a contractor’s license.
|May 25||NC: Raleigh||Tommy Clack Banned in NC is Wanted for Continuing Paving Jobs – North Carolina Senior Consumer Fraud Task Force issued alert on Tommy Clack.|
|May 24||NC: Chapel Hill||AG: Watch out for banned driveway paver
Clack is targeting seniors in driveway paving scams in Hope Mills, Zebulon, Greensboro, and Nashville. Working as Tommy Clack, Tommy Clark, Ed Crabtree and Crabtree Paving Co.
|May 15||MD: Anne Arundel||Paver Who Scammed South County Seniors Not Sentenced as Scheduled – (South River Source/Mitchelle Stephenson). Clack’s attorney, Creighton Chase, gets postponement to July 10. Clack continues scam; a May 15 victim in North Carolina turned photographs and other evidence over to the Anne Arundel State’s Attorney’s office.|
|April 20||NC: Sampson County||Sampson County says Tommy Clark bilking seniors in Knightdale and surrounding area. Attorney general asks banks to look for Clack attempting to cash checks to contact police.|
|March 7||MD: Anne Arundel||Tommy Clack Takes a Plea but Stays Out of Jail (South River Source/Mitchelle Stephenson). Tommy Clack takes a plea in front of Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Paul Hackner, but stays out of jail. Ordered to return in May for sentencing and $70,000 in restitution to victims.|
|Jan 9||FL: Osceola County/Lake County||Tommy Clack arrested in Florida
ABC2’s Joce Sterman says Florida held Clack for MD warrants. Seems he may also have trouble in Lake County Florida from paving scams in 2007 ($55,000) and 2008 ($23,000).
|Jan 5||MD: Anne Arundel||Warrant issued after Tommy Clack misses court date. Court ordered Tommy Clack to answer to theft charges relating to $25,000 in audio equipment ordered from a North Carolina retailer. A bench warrant issued after he is no-show.|
|Dec. 5||MD: Queen Ann County||Paving contractor turns himself in
Clack surrendered to authorities in Queen Anne County for working as a contractor without a license.
|Nov. 15||MD: Anne Arundel County||ABC2 confronts alleged paving schemer Clack after he backs out of plea deal – reporter Joce Sterman asks him about targeting seniors in his paving schemes.|
|Nov. 16||MD: Anne Arundel, Queen Anne, Howard Counties||Annapolis paver gets cease and desist order by Maryland Attorney General – Maryland AG Doug Gansler issues order after $66,000 reported from six victims.|
|Nov. 15||SC: Beaufort County||Paving contractor with shady past shows up again – Clack works driveway paving scam in SC despite cease and desist order placed against him in 2009.|
|Oct. 13||MD: Howard County||Howard County victims claim paving scheme hit their neighborhood – Clack ripping off seniors in Howard County. At least two victims hit for $49,000.|
|Aug. 23||MD: Anne Arundel||Paving Scammer is Back in Business on the Eastern Shore (Edgewater Patch/Mitchelle Stephenson)
Queen Anne Sheriff Gary Hoffman issued homeowner alert about Tommy Clack/Clark/Bramble for paving scheme costing homeowners upwards of $15,000 over average/typical costs.
|July 19||MD; Anne Arundel||Paving Scammers Extradition Not Tied to Davidsonville Paving Scam—Yet – (Edgewater Patch/Mitchelle Stephenson) – Tommy Clack’s extradition to Maryland based on Clack’s alleged theft of $25,000 worth of audio equipment, not driveway paving.|
|June 30||SC: Charleston/MD: Anne Arundel||Paving Scammer Arrested in South Carolina at $3,000-a-week Resort. – (Edgewater Patch/Mitchelle Stephenson) – U.S. Marshalls return Clack to Maryland after SC arrest.|
|June 28||SC: Charleston||Problem paver arrested in Charleston County. ABC2′s Joce Sterman – Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and federal agents arrest Clack.|
|May 12||MD: Anne Arundel||Paving Scammer Wanted by Police (Edgewater Patch/Mitchelle Stephenson) – Paving scammer hits seniors in Davidsonville, Lothian, Millersville, Rolling Knolls, and Crownsville. Wanted by the MD-DNR and Anne Arundel County Police for grand larceny charge.|
|April 14||MD: Anne Arundel||Beware of Unlicensed Home Improvement Operators in the Area – (Edgewater Patch/Mitchelle Stephenson) – Clack first comes to attention in Maryland for Davidsonville driveway scam where he bid the job at $400, then charged the couple $60,000.|
|Dec. 28||NC: Raleigh/Greensboro||Tommy Clack named worst contractor of the year by Angies List (again). – Clack continues to work in NC/SC.|
|July 12||NC: Raleigh||Paving victims soon to be compensated
Carolina News 14 reported that Clack paid $27,000 in restitution and said he would obey a ban on paving work in North Carolina. Clack made the payment to avoid jail time for contempt of court.
|June 8||SC/NC: Florence, Myrtle Beach, Raleigh||Contractor with shady past is back in business – Clack working in North and South Carolina in violation of court order.|
|June 7||NC: Wake County||Paver with history of problems found guilty of contempt – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said Clack banned from contracting work in the state of North Carolina. Ruling issued for Contempt of Court after Clack a no-show in court.|
|May 23||NC: Raleigh||Trial of contractor accused of scams delayed – Trial date for Clack is postponed.|
|May 14||NC: Raleigh||Paver with history of problems ordered to court in NC – Clack ordered to explain why he should not be held in contempt for violating a court order.|
|March 9||SC: Darlington City/Georgetown, Williamsburg and Horry Counties||Police: Beware of paving contractor
Police warn citizens of paving scheme; issue active warrants against Clack for scamming an elderly Darlington resident.
|Dec. 28||NC: Raleigh/Greensboro||Tommy Clack named worst contractor of the year by Angies List. – Clack attempts to bill 85-year-old Liberty man of $180,000.|
|Oct. 30||SC: Myrtle Beach, Florence||Paving contractor is back, days after arrest – Reporter Joel Allen of News Channel 15 says that Clack working in Myrtle Beach and Florence areas. Clack tells Allen in an interview that his door-to-door solicitations are no different from police or fireman’s fund.|
|Oct. 29||SC: Florence County||Accused scammer arrested
Clack arrested in Florence County and charged with four counts of obtaining goods under false pretenses. Clack released on bail.
|Oct. 28||SC: Florence County||Police: Paving contractor arrested for scamming – Clack (doing business as Florence County Asphalt) arrested for defrauding at least four senior citizens/customers.|
|July 15||NC: Guilford County||State looks at claims paver swindled clients – Reporter Ryan Seals says that police investigate Clack for deceiving elderly residents in driveway paving schemes. Clack using the “leftover asphalt” scam to pressure seniors in door-to-door sales. One senior citizen asked to pay $100,000.|
|July 14||SC: Horry County||Better Business Bureau warns citizens that Tommy Clack also working under the name Tommy Godwin. Better Business Bureau says customer bilked of $23,000.|
|Nov. 16||NC: Greensboro, Guilford County||State looks at claims paver swindled clients – Ryan Seals reports that the North Carolina Attorney General’s office is looking into the business practices of Tommy Clack/Guilford County Asphalt Company after receiving calls from six senior citizen victims.|
|March||NC: Wake County||According to the Island Gazette: The state took Clack to court for a series of paving jobs that “regularly targeted seniors with the average age of 74,” charging high prices… Clack pled guilty to 26 misdemeanors. Clack agreed not to solicit door-to-door. Judgment ordered Clack to fix shoddy work, pay the state $50,000 and notify future customers of their cancellation rights (three day waiting period).|