POSTED: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 6:28pm
LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (NBC33) — Seven people were arrested for an asphalt paving scam that has cost several victims tens of thousands of dollars.
Detectives with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office discovered that most of the unsuspecting residents and business owners would be approached by one or more of the asphalt crew with unsolicited offers of driveway or parking lot repair. In most cases the victim was told that leftover materials from another paving job were available for a discounted price.
In one particular case, an 85 year old home owner was given a price of $90.00 “to spread some material in his driveway.” A short time later the man noticed that his existing driveway was being “ripped up” and the price has gone up to $5,000.00. The man, feeling intimidated, reluctantly paid the men a “discounted price” of $2800.00 for work that has left him with a partially destroyed driveway.
Detectives have seized several pieces of heavy equipment used in the scam. In conjunction with authorities in Texas, Detectives seized more than $400,000.00 cash.
Those arrested in participation with this scam include Billy Densmore, II, 37, of Prairieville, La, was charged with one count Racketeering, one count Money Laundering; transaction involving proceeds of Criminal Act, two counts Theft (Felony), one count Prohibited Activities (Drug Racketeering), and two count Outstanding warrants from other agencies. He has been released from the Livingston Parish Detention Center and transferred to the Ascension Parish Jail for outstanding charges in that parish.
Amelia Susan Densmore, 36, of Prairieville, was charged with one count Racketeering. She has been released from the Livingston Parish Detention Center after posting bond.
Dakota Perry Densmore, 17, of Prairieville, was charged with one count Racketeering, one count Contractors; Misapplication of payments prohibited (Felony), and two counts Theft (Felony). He has been released from the Livingston Parish Detention Center after posting bond.
Derrick Johnson, 39, of Dallas, TX, was charged with two counts Money Laundering; transaction involving proceeds of Crim. Act., six counts Theft (Felony), one count Racketeering, and one count Fraud in connection with sales or pledges of Promissory Note. He is currently being held on a $275,000.00 bond.
Jose M. Ramirez, 50, of McAllen, TX, was charged with eight counts Theft (Felony), and one count Racketeering. He is currently being held on a $245,000.00 bond.
Alvin J. Edwards, 39, of Houma, was charged with five counts Theft (Felony), one count Racketeering, and one count Fraud in connection with sales or pledges of Promissory Note. He is currently being held on a $240,000.00 bond.
A teenage juvenile was also arrested on related charges and has since been released.
Residents are urged to use caution when unsolicited offers of roof repair, driveway repair, termite abatement, or similar services are made. Be sure to ask for references, licenses, and don’t hesitate to contact the Sheriff’s Office if you suspect anything “just doesn’t seem right.”
Authorities in Texas and Louisiana continue to investigate leads in this case and additional charges are possible.