DANBURY, Conn. -- Three people have been arrested for scamming an elderly resident in to having his driveway sealed and resurfaced for $2,750, according to the Danbury Police Department.
The department began investigating the incident after receiving a fraud complaint from a 91-year-old resident. The man told police that he came home and found workers in his driveway in the process of cleaning the driveway, police said. The workers told the man that his wife hired them to seal and resurface the driveway. The victim paid $2,750 to the workers and it was later learned that the wife never authorized or knew about it, police said.
After inspecting the driveway, it was determined that only a small amount of liquid had been put down, and that it was never repaired or resurfaced, police said.
Detectives then contacted the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and through a joint investigation, determined that there were eight similar cases in the area dating back to 2012.
Arrest warrants were issued for the three people involved shortly after the investigation.
Kayla Cooper, 24, of Cairo, turned herself in after learning about the warrant on March 15. She was charged with three counts second-degree larceny, third-degree attempted larceny, third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and corrupt organizations and racketeering activity. Cooper was released on $7,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on March 29, police said.
Legrande Cooper Jr. 27, of New Milford, turned himself in on March 16, and was charged with six counts of second-degree larceny, third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, third-degree larceny, two counts of failure to provide notice of cancellation, two counts of failure to register as a home improvement contractor and corrupt organizations and racketeering activity, police said. Cooper was released on a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on March. 30.
Coty Cooper, 24 of Balston Spa, who also turned himself in on March 16, was charged with third-degree larceny and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. He was released on $2,500 bond with a court date on March 30, police.
Anyone with information on this complaint is asked to contact the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-842-2649.
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