After warning St. Helena residents last year about possible asphalt scammers and issuing arrest warrants for two men, the Sheriff’s Office has resolved the issue out of court, the chief of detectives said this week.
In May, deputies warned residents, particularly the elderly, that two men were approaching homeowners promising to perform driveway resurfacing for a low price, then demanding a much higher fee once the work was done.
Recently, law enforcement in Florida encountered one of the men, Joey Cortez, said Joe Chaney, St. Helena chief of detectives.
Rather than extradite him to Louisiana, law enforcement and court officials agreed to let Cortez pay restitution to his one known victim voluntarily. Having done so, warrants against him and suspect David Costello were dropped, Chaney said.
Cortez declined to comment about the restitution.