Arrested: Asphalt Scammer

A Texarkana, Ark. man is behind bars, and residents of Webster Parish can sleep a little easier knowing they will not be the victims of this scam artist.

Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said his chief deputy, Hank Haynes’ sharp eye is to thank for taking Michael Morris Jeffery, 45, off the asphalt.

“Haynes was traveling southbound on La. Hwy. 371 and saw asphalt equipment in the driveway of the residence located in the 22,000 block,” Parker said. “He stopped at the residence because he knew the owner – Mike’s Paving – was wanted on several outstanding warrants for low quality workmanship and overcharging elderly customers.”

Parker said there have been approximately seven complaints from parish residents regarding the quality of work and the “outrageous price they were forced into paying. I’m sure there are more victims, and it is not too late to file charges.”

The sheriff also said Jeffery claimed to be with the Webster Parish Police Jury at one resident’s home.

“One of the victims told us about this and a complaint affidavit for charges has been filled out,” Parker said. “Our office has obtained a warrant.”

Jeffery’s charges include false impersonation, three counts of theft of assets of the aged, failure to obtain permit and cheating and swindling.

He was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on bonds totaling more than $50,000.

Person:  Micheal Morris Jeffery
Address:  640 Miller County Road
City/State:  Texarkana, AR
Race: White
Gender:  Male
Age: 45

Charges:
False Impersonation
Theft of the assets of the aged (3 Counts)
Cheating & Swindling
Failure to Obtain a Permit

WPSO: Release


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