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February 8, 2011

Charged through the roof

Police: Contractors bill elderly man $4,800 for snow-clearing

AMESBURY — Homeowners have more than snow buildup on their roofs to worry about this winter.

Police said at least one Salisbury-based group of contractors took advantage of the situation Friday, when they charged a 78-year-old Amesbury man $4,800 for clearing his roof.

Lt. Jeffrey Worthen identified the trio as 47-year-old Kevin Snow Sr. and his sons, Kevin Snow Jr., 23, and George Snow, 20. Under the business name County Line Pavers, the Snows are well known to police across the region and country for allegedly overcharging customers, many of them elderly, for paving driveways and performing snow-related services.

Worthen said Kevin Jr. and George Snow drove by the man's Congress Street home Friday afternoon and offered to remove snow from his roof. The homeowner, whom police didn't identify, agreed to pay the Snow brothers $4,800 for the job.

After, the victim's daughter became suspicious and called police to report what she thought was an attempt to scam her father. According to the police report, Kevin Snow Sr. was also at the scene.

Detective David Pare contacted the Snows and informed them if they didn't return the money, police would pursue legal action against them.

"They returned the money and were given a more appropriate amount of money (around $250)," Worthen said.

No charges were filed against the Snows since they repaid the money, Worthen said.

The incident shares similarities with another that allegedly took place in Newburyport last month. City Marshal Thomas Howard said two contractors charged an 83-year-old Merrimac Street man $780 to plow his driveway. The contractors later agreed to give most of the money back after the victim spoke to police.

Worthen said the Snows typically drive around looking for customers and most times offer to do work for people without first settling on a price for their services. When the job is completed, the Snows then hand the unsuspecting customer a huge bill. Last summer, police in Danvers, Beverly, Plum Island and Salisbury received complaints about the Snows' business practices.

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