April 3, 2014

Driveway repair rip-off artist wanted

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


The elderly are often a target of scams and an incident on March 21 was a prime example.

Laurel County Sheriff’s officials are continuing the search for Saul Boswell, who is accused of running a driveway paving scam on an elderly woman, then writing a check for thousands of dollars more than the agreed-upon cost.

Boswell, approximately 56 years old, has a previous address of Pittsburg, Ky.

Detective Josh Scott is investigating the case in which Boswell went to an elderly lady’s home and told her he would patch her driveway for $48. The woman agreed, and Boswell reportedly sprayed a black substance on part of the driveway, doing a shabby job. When Boswell asked for payment, the elderly woman filled out part of a check but said she had poor eyesight and asked Boswell to write in the amount for $48.

Instead, Boswell made the check out for $4,800 and went to the bank and tried to cash the check. Tellers at the woman’s bank were suspicious and told Boswell to go to the bank next door where he reportedly had an account. When Boswell seemed reluctant, tellers contacted the sheriff’s office.

Boswell left — and has not yet been located.

Sheriff’s officials are now seeking information on Boswell’s whereabouts and are asking for the public’s help in locating him. Detective Josh Scott has a warrant charging him with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

This is not Boswell’s first attempt at scamming people over driveway sealing. According to the website for WTVF News Channel 5 in Nashville, Boswell and three others involved in a driveway sealing scam from October 2013 are being sought by Gallatin, Tenn., police.

Steve Jones, 32, of Gray, Ky., was arrested in mid-December for cheating a 79-year-old man out of $5,000. Jones and four others offered to seal the man’s driveway but ended up ruining it by using asphalt sealant on the driveway, vandalizing it in the process. The asphalt sealant changed the look of the driveway to black asphalt rather than concrete.

Jones was arrested when he tried to cash the man’s check. Others involved in this scam included 29-year-old James Boswell of Keavy, 29-year-old Eric Boswell of Morristown, Tenn., and 68-year-old Henry Small of Princeton, W.Va.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Saul Boswell is urged to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600 or Laurel Dispatch at (606) 878-7000. Callers can remain anonymous.