Update: Warrants the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office obtained against Cortez and Costello were withdrawn and the matter was resolved out of court, said Joe Chaney, St. Helena chief of detectives. Cortez, who was located in Florida, agreed to make restitution with his one known victim, and once that was done, the warrants were withdrawn against both men. No charges were ever filed.
Original version: The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of construction scammers at work in the parish who are targeting the elderly.
Two suspects identified as Joey Cortez and David Costello have been promising to resurface asphalt driveways with a sealer, the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a news release. The age and home address of the two men was not provided.
“They are pushy and will attempt to get you to agree on anything quickly, and they will (quote) you a small amount for material and no labor. Then when the job is complete they will demand an outrageous amount,” the release states.
Anyone approached by the suspects is urged to call local law enforcement.