Paving contractor wanted in Anne Arundel on consumer complaints arrested at South Carolina resort

A paving contractor wanted by Anne Arundel County police on a warrant charging him with theft for allegedly cheating elderly people in a paving scheme was arrested this week at a South Carolina resort, according to law enforcement authorities.

Maj. John Clark of the Charleston County Sheriff's Department said Tommy Edward Clack, 39, was taken into custody at the $3,000-a-week resort on the Isle of Palms. He is being held on detainers from Maryland and Florida, Clark said.

Anne Arundel County police, who charged him in connection with complaints in April, said Wednesday that they are conferring with prosecutors about extradition. Clark said Maryland "has first dibs on him."

Police said obtained a warrant in May charging Clack with theft, operating without a home improvement license and making false statements to police.

According to police, the suspect failed on April 20 to give a 75-year-old man a written estimate, then came with a crew to finish paving a driveway and demanded a higher price than they had discussed.

On April 27, police said, he gave an estimate to a 79-year-old man, left and returned with an eight-person crew, and then began paving work without permission. Police said he charged a higher fee than discussed, police said.

Clack, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., was banned from residential paving work in North Carolina, but then was accused of paving there in defiance of the court order. Earlier this month, he was found in civil contempt and ordered to repay consumers nearly $80,000 or face the possibility of 90 days in jail, said Noelle Talley, spokeswoman for the North Carolina attorney general's office. He had not repaid them, she said.

He was also cited for criminal contempt there for failing to appear at a court hearing. He was to have appeared in a Wake County, N.C., courtroom this past Monday, and although his lawyer appeared, he did not, and the hearing was reset for July 18, Talley said.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper sued Clack in 2007, according to a statement the office released in early June. "We've been chasing him for years," Talley said.

He is also facing charges in Florence County, S.C., she said.

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