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  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom

    Nineteen-year-old Joseph Stanley, right, appears in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Feb. 5 for a bail hearing on several new theft charges related to paving companies. At left is New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Tracy M. Culberson.
  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom

    Nineteen-year-old Joseph Stanley listens to court proceedings during his appearance in Hillsborough County Superior Court Friday, February 5, 2010, for a bail hearing on new charges brought against him stemming from alleged driveway paving scams.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sorting through family members a name game

About 10 years ago, Joshua J. Stanley, then 29, was charged with bilking an 83-year-old Nashua woman by charging her $23,200 to paint two ceilings in her home.

The woman suffered from impaired memory, police reported, and Stanley was accused of repeatedly overcharging her for the job. Stanley eventually pleaded guilty to a theft charge, and was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

Joshua J. Stanley was living at 18 Cross St., Salem, at the time, police reported. That same address has been associated with numerous different paving companies over the years, many of them with questionable reputations.

That same Joshua J. Stanley has been associated with various paving companies, and more recently was associated with a relative, also named Joshua Stanley, accused of paving scams in Nashua and Connecticut. He also travels some, public records show.

In 2006, Joshua J. Stanley, now 39, and Joseph C. Stanley, 37, currently of 133 Forrest St., Plaistow, were convicted on felony charges stemming from a paving scam in Flagler County, Fla., according to staff with the 7th Circuit state attorney’s office.

The two men were charged Jan. 27, 2006, with felony counts of theft, grand theft and fraud. Each was later arrested on warrants, and pleaded “no contest” to the charges May 23, 2006. They jointly paid full restitution of $13,950 to several victims, all of it up front, according to the prosecutor’s office and public records. As a result, they were sentenced to three years on probation, which was ended early on Jan. 31, 2008, after they finished paying several thousands of dollars in court costs, public records show.

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Joseph C. Stanley, of 133 Forrest St., Plaistow, and Joseph C. Stanley, 19, formerly of Nashua and Londonderry, are not the only Joseph C. Stanleys involved in the paving business in New Hampshire. They are both related, however, and both have worked at one time for CVS Paving of Nashua. The younger Joseph C. is a son of CVS’s owner, Cornelius V. Stanley, of 32 Yarmouth Drive, Nashua. Before his arrest on paving scam charges in Nashua and Connecticut last summer, the teenaged Joseph C. Stanley lived in a house owned by 39-year-old Joshua J. Stanley, at 2 Devonshire Lane, Londonderry.

Joshua J. Stanley previously lived in Salem and Derry, and bought the house on Devonshire Lane for $365,000 in 2004, using a $328,000 adjustable rate mortgage, according to town and county property records.

The older of the two Joseph C. Stanleys – the one who is 37 – has more recently been associated with J & S Paving and J. Cooper Paving, both of Plaistow, and he previously has lived in Amherst, Bennington, Derry and Salem, public records show.

Both Joshua J. Stanley and the older Joseph C. Stanley of Plaistow also have chalked up other, more minor offenses in other states that allow public, online access to criminal records (most states, including New Hampshire, do not).

Joshua Stanley was convicted “in absentia” in 1999 for a Nov. 28, 1998, traffic infraction in Virginia, and again in 2004 for a 2003 infraction in the same state, public records show. His record also shows he was fined for a traffic citation in Kingman, Arizona, in 2004. The fine was eventually sent to a collections agency, and it appears that his license may be suspended in that state as a result, records show.

Joseph C. Stanley has been been cited for offenses in Arizona and Oklahoma, state court records show. Arizona court records include a 1999 traffic citation for failure to carry vehicle registration in Quartzsite Justice Court in Arizona, and Jan. 14, 2000, “local charge” in the same court, disposed April 13, 2000, with a forfeiture of bail.

He was cited for driving an “overwidth vehicle” in Beckham County, Okla., on April 14, 1999, and fined $100, court records show.

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Both Joshua J. and the older Joseph C. Stanley are members of the Salem branch of the Stanley family, and both have at some point lived at 18 Cross St., Salem, one of the family’s longstanding residences, currently owned by Joseph’s uncle Richard Stanley according to town tax records.

The property was previously owned by a Joseph C. and Betsy Stanley, who bought it in 1978 from James and Jennie Stanley, who bought it and moved there from Malden, Mass., in 1968, Rockingham County property records show. Betsy Stanley deeded the property to Richard Stanley, of 5 Chestnut Drive, Salem, in 2006, nearly a year after her husband’s death, property records show.

The 18 Cross St. address has been associated with numerous different paving companies, all run by a Richard Stanley: RWS Asphalt Paving Co., All Roads Paving and King Paving.

Sam Stanley’s Reliable Paving, more recently of 21 Dyson Drive, Salem, also has been linked to 18 Cross St. in the past, public records show, and Richard Stanley’s other address, 5 Chestnut Drive, is home of A Plus Paving, LLC, state records show.

These companies have had generally poor to fair records with the Better Business Bureau, and some have never been registered with the secretary of state’s office as official business. All Roads Paving was listed in the Yellow Pages with nothing more than a cellular phone number; when called, the man who answered said there was no Richard Stanley at that number or address.

On Jan. 7, 1998, Thomas W. Stanley, then 17 years old, of 18 Cross St., Salem, was among several transient pavers warned by Seminole County (Fla) Sheriffs about paving without a license.

Thomas Stanley and another man were caught working without a license at a local car dealership, police reported. While investigators were at the site, the paving crew’s owner, Thomas W. Stanley, of Fredericksburg, Va., applied for a license, but it was later revoked when officials realized he had provided false information on his application.

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The house next door, 20 Cross St., also has a long association with the Stanley family and the paving business. It is the address of Professional Paving and Sealcoating, LLC, also known as Pro-Paving, run by George W. and Sandra J. Stanley, of the same address.

George Stanley bought the place for $180,000 in 2000 from Mildred A. Stanley, who had lived there for many years with her husband Esau C. “Ace” Stanley. Esau and Mildren Stanley own or have owned properties in Amherst, Mason, Derry and Windham, property records show, and they are best known as the owners of Ace Paving, 189 Rockingham Road, Derry.

The Better Business Bureau gives Pro-Paving an “A” rating, indicating they have not received any complaints against the business in the past three years. Records from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau include three complaints against the company, in 2004, 2005, and 2008.

In August 2004, Epsom police reported that a local resident had been scammed by a paving company run by someone name Stanley. Officers identified a Joseph Stanley, 26, of 18 Cross St., Salem, working for Pro Paving, as a potential suspect, but concluded that whatever had happened was not a crime, but a business dispute, their reports state. The caller reported that the pavers had charged his father $6,300 to coat an 1,800 square foot driveway based on a promised price of $2 per square foot (which should come out to $3,600). Another resident called police because she was suspicious of an offer to pay her driveway with “leftover” asphalt at $1.50 a square foot, and was warned about possible scams, police report.

The attorney general’s office contacted Sandra Stanley, who sent one of her sons out to respond to the complaint. Sandra Stanley asserted that it hadn’t been Pro Paving, but one of her sons, working independently, who had done the driveway. Another son measured the driveway at 2,205 square feet, and the homeowner and Sandra Stanley agreed to settle the matter for a $1,900 reimbursement, reports state.

Later complaints didn’t get very far. In 2005, a resident (whose name and address were redacted) complained that Pro-Paving had refused to respond to complaints of shoddy work. For reasons unclear, the Consumer Protection Bureau sent notice of the complaint to 20 Crossing St., Salem, and never received any reply, records indicate.

The same address problem was repeated when the Bureau got another complaint against Pro-Paving in 2008, when Bruce Ranger (address redacted) complained that Sam Stanley, doing business as both Pro-Paving and Sam’s Sealcoating had paved the driveway for $2,000, and then refused to fix it when it began to crumble to bits soon afterward.

The bureau forwarded the complaint to Joseph Stanley at 20 Crossing St., Salem, and then, later to Joseph Stanley, 20 Cross St., Salem. Sandra Stanley responded that there was no Joseph Stanley with their company. The bureau subsequently sent the same complaint to George Stanley and Pro-Paving at the correct address, and got no response, its records indicate.

Andrew Wolfe can be reached at 594-6410 or awolfe@nashuatelegraph.com.