Sacto 9-1-1
March 30, 2009
State officials seek suspected con man in reported paving scam

rjw.jpegFrom Stan Oklobdzija:

State officials are on the lookout for an alleged con man who scammed Lake County residents out of about $30,000 over four months, the Contractors State License Board said.

Richard John Williams (left photo) had a warrant for his arrest issued March 26 by the Lake County District Attorney's Office on charges of grand theft, elder abuse and contracting without a license, according to Contractors State License Board officials.

Williams had been living in an area motel and operating under the business name "Seal Coat Contractor," according to a news release. Williams allegedly would offer driveway paving services to his victims and then either not finish the job or do it extremely poorly, officials said.

As part of his spree, Williams allegedly twice scammed a man with Alzheimer's disease, said Melanie Bedwell, Contractors State License Board spokeswoman, defrauding him for one substandard job before coming back a few weeks later and offering the same services again after he'd forgotten.

Contractors State License Board investigators believe that Williams has already left the Lake County area. He's believed to be driving a white 2008 Chevy Silverado with Arizona license plates ABN8561, Bedwell said. He may also be towing a trailer with California license plates 4KB5826, she said.

Anyone with information about Williams' whereabouts is asked to call the Contractors State License Board at (916) 802-5418.

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