Police arrested three workers who were later identified as Mexican nationals who were illegally residing and working in Canada. The individuals were later transferred to the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency

North Bay Police is investigating the exploitation of illegal immigrants in a driveway paving work scam.

On July 21 City Police responded to a report of suspected illegal immigrants being exploited as part of a driveway paving scam.

A suspect claiming to represent a company called “Emerald Paving,” went door-to-door in the area of Tower Drive and Little Down Lane offering to repave residential driveways for a cost between $4,000 and $12,000 to be paid in cash.

In several instances, local residents paid that amount for the work.

Police arrived, at which point the suspect who had been selling the service door-to-door fled. Police arrested three workers who were later identified as Mexican nationals who were illegally residing and working in Canada.

The individuals were later transferred to the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency.

Police have so far not found the suspect who fled the area on July 21. The investigation is ongoing.

Police say they will not be releasing a description of the suspect at this time. 

Hiring an illegal, unlicensed business to complete work could leave you at risk for shoddy work with limited recourse to recover funds paid, warn police.

See: Paving scams active locally warns City





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