FLANDERS - A driveway paving contractor based out of a campground in Flanders has left a trail of dissatisfied customers, a Kane In Your Corner investigation finds. The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has fined Above All Construction (aka Above All Contracting Sealcoating) and its owner, William Rafferty, but both the state and homeowners may have a hard time getting any money. Campground employees say Rafferty and his business associates left months ago, and still owe them rent.
Anibal Perez, of Newark, hired Above All Contracting to replace the blacktop on his driveway in March 2015. “I paid them $2,500 and after that, I never heard (from) them again,” he says.
After his texts and phone calls were ignored for months, Perez contacted the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, which ordered Rafferty and Above All to pay $5,000 in fines and restitution, and threatened to impose another $25,000 in fines for noncompliance. More than six months later, Perez says he has yet to receive any money.
Perez is not the only unhappy customer. The Better Business Bureau says it received seven complaints against Above All Contracting in the past year, and the company did not respond to any of them. It gave the company an “F” rating.
Above All Contracting failed to return repeated phone calls, so Kane In Your Corner attempted to pay them a visit at the company’s official business location. They found it belongs to a campground in Flanders, whose employees and owners say Rafferty and his associates have been gone for months.
“They kind of up and left, ran from here in the middle of the night,” says Rob Fulford, a campground employee who says he also worked for Above All Construction last summer. He says the company still owes him a few hundred dollars in back pay.
After a week of phone calls, a Kane In Your Corner producer was finally able to get someone at Above All Construction to pick up the phone, but the person hung up as soon as the producer identified herself.
As for Anibal Perez, he’s only been able to get half his driveway paved. He says he tries not to think about the $2,500 he lost because he says it still makes him angry.