SCSO Warns Area Seniors of Scam Artist

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The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert to area citizens, particularly, senior citizens. The SCSO warns that residents need to be aware of the work of a scam artist in the county.

On February 27, SCSO took a report of fraud from an 88 year-old citizen. She had reportedly paid a man $4,200 to repair her driveway.  Promises were made by the scammer, but he did not follow through.

​According to the man, he would redo her driveway to include a base layer and asphalt.  The man came and laid down a layer of crusher rock and did no more work.  The man stated he would be back in two weeks to finish the job.  This was early February of this year.  

​Also, the man told the victim he would paint her house and he asked for $1,000 up front to cover his labor.  On February 13, the man returned and asked for $600 to cover the paint.  

​Almost $6,000 has been paid by the victim and so far the
only work done was a thin layer of crusher rock on her driveway.  

​SCSO has identified the scammer as Brian Stanley.  Stanley, 40, is a white male with dark hair and dark eyes.  He stands around 5’6” and weighs over 200 lbs.  While he has been identified, investigators have been unable to find the man or even locate his supposed company.  

SCSO Captain Pevehouse said, “​We are asking the public to help us in locating Stanley and also being aware of Stanley continuing to run his scam.”

Citizens should check out contractors through references, the Better Business Bureau, and the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.  If Stanley comes to your home and offers to do work, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 479-783-1051.  Also if you have been a victim of Stanley in the past but have not reported it, SCSO would like to hear from you.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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