Police in Niagara looking for contractor connected to alleged paving fraud

Niagara Regional Police are looking for a suspect connected to an alleged driveway paving scam. Niagara Regional Police Services

Niagara police say they’re searching for an alleged fraudster who’s bilked a number of homeowners out of cash through unsolicited driveway paving work that’s never completed.

In early October, investigators with the central fraud unit revealed a number of consumer complaints from Niagara residents who came forward after hiring an “aggressive and pushy” contractor to take on resurfacing work at their homes.

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The complainants have shared similar stories about unsolicited contractors going door to door selling competitively priced driveway paving and similar services and then only completing a portion of the work.

Investigators say residents have been losing large cash deposits from the alleged scam and usually losing contact with the contractor once a final payment is made.

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The contractors are well prepared for their door-to-door solicitations with business cards and pamphlets, according to police.

Police say 46-year-old Jerry Connors is wanted for fraud over $5,000 and failure to appear in court.

Connors may be operating a 2010 White Dodge Ram pickup truck and his whereabouts are currently unknown, say investigators.

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Police believe the suspect is not working alone and that he may be a part of a larger group engaged in the alleged scam.

Niagara’s central fraud unit is suggesting residents be leery of unsolicited offers via the phone or door to door and to never accept a cash-only deal.

Anyone who may have come in contact with Connors or have any related information to the case is asked to call Niagara police at (905) 688-4111 or reach out to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online.

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