Elderly Couple Victim of Driveway Painting Scheme

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

MADISON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An elderly couple says they were the target of a driveway-painting hoax and lost hundreds of dollars.

Madison Police are searching for suspects and warning others in the area to keep a lookout for similar schemes.

Bill Bias says he went out Friday afternoon and left his wife, Valda, home alone for a few hours.

When he came back, he saw that his driveway had been painted without his consent. Bias says the men painted his driveway and then demanded money from his wife, Valda.

"I came in and said, 'Who painted the driveway?" Bill said. "And she said, 'Two guys came in and said that you wanted it painted."

Bill says he never authorized any work to be done.

Valda says she took the men's word that her husband had sent them so she paid them.

"The reason I wasn't suspicious is that we had talked about getting the driveway fixed earlier," she said.

Neighbors say they're now on high alert for suspicious door-to-door workers.

"It's sad that someone would take advantage of a person who is 80-plus years old," Matt Hatfield said.

Police say one of the men cashed the check under the name Raymond Parker -- the same name of a man wanted for fraud out of Georgia.

Police say the suspects were last seen driving a red truck.

The couple says they got the truck's license plate from the bank. They say it had the registration E071671.

If you have any information, you're urged to call Madison Police.

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