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Mar 12 HC police arrested father & son, and seek third suspect, in driveway paving scam in Laurel

Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun
Updated March 12, 2015
Howard County police arrested a father and son, and are searching for a third suspect, in a driveway paving scam in Laurel last month, officials said.
Paul Frank, 48, and Spanky Frank, 19, painted driveways they were paid to re-seal with a mixture of black paint and gasoline, then charged higher than the agreed-upon prices and gave no receipts, police said.
The two, and a relative, Ace Frank, 22, were charged with selling home improvements and acting as a contractor without a license after four homeowners complained to police and consumer affairs, police said.
The homeowners, three in the 9600 block of Baltimore Ave. and one in the 8600 block of Tower Drive, said they were solicited by the men, two of whom were subsequently arrested on Wednesday in Prince George's County. An arrest warrant has been issued for Ace Frank, who is wanted on the same charges. All three have permanent out-of-state residences but had been staying in the 8600 block of Contee Road, police said.
Spanky Frank was released from the Howard County Detention Center on $2,600 bond. Paul Frank was released on $10,000 bond. Neither had a lawyer listed in online court records, and no one answered at a phone number listed for the Contee Road home.
Police asked residents to be wary of such scams and report them to law enforcement if they believe they have been victimized.
cmcampbell@baltsun.com