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A warning before your next home improvement project

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GLEASON (WAOW) -

For Darlene and Floyd Albright finally getting a black top driveway was a reason to celebrate.

"We've been looking into it for years," Floyd Albright said. "It was kind of a momentous occasion."

But, their story was far from momentous when the couple says they were taken for granted.

"It looked good when they were putting it down," Albright recalls.

The couple says employees claiming to be from a company called Asphalt Paving, out of Wisconsin Dells, came to their home offering to pave their driveway.

They told the pair they had extra black top and would do the job for $14 per yard. A good price to pay, but the Albright's said it didn't turn out that way.

"We were just overwhelmed," Albright explained. "I was a little intimidated."

The bill was $5,900. And Albright says the job they did was far from professional.

"It rained and all the rocks and stuff are coming it," he explained. "It's really black rocks is what it is." 

Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies say the Albright's weren't the only ones. Three houses in this neighborhood alone reported a similar event. But, authorities say there's little they can do.

"We can't enforce civil law," Lt. Tim Fischer said. "We can only enforce criminal activity, criminal law."

Newsline 9 tried to call the company using the number on the Albright's receipt. But, the phone just kept ringing. And, according to a search of the Better Business Bureau records there is no company with that name.

"People just need to be careful," Lt. Fischer said. "Check references, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

A lesson the Albright's say they learned the hard way.

"We just have to make the best of it I guess," Albright said.

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