WILMINGTON, Del.- A Dover-area paving contractor was given probation and ordered to pay restitution to his victims after pleading guilty Monday to felony theft in connection with his business practices, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced.
The contractor, William Harrison, also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offensive touching charge that arose from a dispute with a customer. Harrison, whose paving business operates under the name "Pro Paving," was alleged in the indictment to have committed 10 offenses in New Castle County. The alleged victims were homeowners who hired Harrison to pave their driveways, according to Biden. Harrison is alleged to have ignored homeowners' directions as to the extent of paving, promised discounts he did not provide, and charged undisclosed large fees.
Harrison, who did not have any prior convictions, was sentenced immediately after he entered his guilty plea. He received two years' probation and was ordered to pay $34,663 to nine different customers.
Harrison was also ordered to comply with the terms of a cease and desist order that had been previously entered against him by the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit. The cease and desist order required Harrison to obtain written agreements from customers before he did any work, and also to cease deceptive practices with respect to pricing and scope of work.
In addition, Harrison was ordered not to have any contact with any of the alleged victims.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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