Hudson man arrested in PA

Charges allege theft by deception and fraudulent business practices


NASHUA – Cornelius C. Stanley, 45, a member of the New Hampshire Stanley family known for perpetrating paving scams, was arrested last week on charges he ran a scheme on a Pennsylvania resident.

Stanley, a Hudson resident, is charged with theft by deception and fraudulent business practices. He was arrested on Aug. 7 after a car chase with Pennsylvania State Troopers, according to a police statement.

Stanley and employees of his company, American Asphalt Paving, were apparently working in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area. According to police, Stanley approached the alleged victim and offered to pave his driveway at a discount with asphalt left over from another job.

The victim told Stanley and his employees no, buy they laid out the asphalt anyway, and then Stanley told the man he would need to go buy more material to complete the job, according to police. That discounted paving job allegedly ended up costing the victim $6,000.

Pennsylvania State Police did not respond to a request for comment about the details of the car chase.

In 2010, members of the Stanley family in Nashua were convicted of operating similar scams in the region. Cornelius V. Stanley Sr. and two of his sons, Joseph C. Stanley and Thomas Stanley, were convicted on theft charges stemming from a series of paving scams in southern New Hampshire.

At the time of the 2010 court case, members of the Stanley family were known to call themselves Roma. The Stanleys are well-known within the construction industry for traveling the country in the summer operating bogus paving companies.

In September 2010, Cornelius V. Stanley and someone claiming to be one of his sons were chased away from a mobile home park in Bedford Heights, Ohio, where the owner said they tried to collect $14,000 for a paving patch job they had said would cost $275.

Cornelius C. Stanley is being held in the Bedford County, Pennsylvania jail awaiting trial.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or or @Telegraph_DF.