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Two charged in alleged blacktopping scam

May, 10 2007


Clarkstown NY – Police have charged two men with ripping off two homeowners to the tune of over $17,000 for blacktop work. On May 7, Clarkstown Police received a report of individuals approaching elderly homeowners asking them if they could do blacktopping and driveway sealing for at a considerably reduced price. They would tell the homeowner they had extra asphalt on their truck and for half price; they could do the work for them. On May 8, police arrested James Boswell, 48, of Ben Salem, PA and Noah Boswell, 39, of Rushville, Ind. The investigation revealed they charged an elderly homeowner $8,800 for doing work on his driveway and another homeowner was charged $8,900. Both cases were in the Village of upper Nyack and police said the suspects used substandard products and equipment to do the work. James Boswell was charged with operating without a Rockland County home improvement license, false personation, criminal possession of a forged instrument, and attempted grand larceny. Noah Boswell was charged with attempted grand larceny and operating without a home improvement license. They were both remanded to the Rockland County Jail, Noah Boswell in lieu of $25,000 bail and James Boswell in lieu of $50,000 bail. The company name is Noah's Blacktopping and Sealing of Corona, NY. If anyone has information or has been approached by those men, police are asking to be called at 945-639-5840. Police warned residents that there are “unscrupulous workers” who will prey on unsuspecting homeowners. They recommend that you ask for identification and a Rockland County home improvement license.

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