By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun
6:08 PM EDT, July 6, 2012
An unlicensed driveway paver working in the Annapolis area was ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in fines and restitution after the Maryland Attorney General's office found that he "preyed" on customers, charging them far more than he said he would.
The attorney general's office said Friday that it has ordered Tommy Edward Clack, who also goes by Tommy Clark and Ed Clack, to repay at least $204,000 to customers. The office's consumer protection division also levied $284,000 in fines and ordered him to pay $5,000 in agency expenses.
Clack has 30 days to appeal. He could not be reached for comment.
Clack — who operated under the names Maryland Asphalt, Maryland Asphalt Paving Co. and County Asphalt — often targeted the elderly, the attorney general's office said. He told one customer the paving cost would be $4,000 but then charged $32,500, and charged almost as much in another case after the consumer said he couldn't afford more than $2,000, the office said.
The attorney general's order also bars Clack, 40, from selling home improvement services unless he becomes licensed and posts a $50,000 bond.
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