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Police Reports

Burlington man reports being scammed on sealcoat job

He paid $3K cash for sealcoat – though company's price was $485

H. Rick Bamman -
Police Crime Tape
H. Rick Bamman - Police Crime Tape

BURLINGTON – A resident of the 12N500 block of Waughon Road, Burlington, reported being the victim of home repair fraud June 28 for being charged $3,000 to sealcoat a driveway, according to a Kane County Sheriff’s report.

After paying the man for the sealcoating, he called the company that was supposed to do the work – and was told the man he paid did not work for them – and that the price quoted to his wife for sealcoating the driveway was $485, reports stated.

The incident started when a man knocked on the resident's door to sealcoat the driveway.

The resident asked the man if his wife had contacted the company to do the sealcoating – and he said yes, according to the report.

After an hour and a half, the man returned to the front door and said the bill for sealcoating was $5,000 – but he would give a discount to $3,000 if he was paid in cash, the report stated.

The resident said he did not have that kind of cash in the house, so the sealcoat worker drove him to Old Second Bank in Burlington to withdraw the cash, reports stated. The worker remained outside in his truck while the resident went into the bank.

The resident paid the man, who then dropped him off back at home. Then the man called the company that was supposed to do the work, when he learned that the people he paid did not work for the company – and that he paid too much, reports stated.

The man he talked to was a heavy-set Hispanic, who was with a younger Hispanic man with a thin build and a Hispanic teen boy with a large build. The man said he would not be willing to pursue charges against them, according to the report.

The deputy was going to pursue video surveillance from outside the bank to see if the suspects’ black Ford F-250 was on it, reports stated.

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