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Two men charged in driveway-repair scam

Two men did driveway repair work in Darien Monday afternoon. The problem was, allegedly, that no one asked them to.

At about 2:30 p.m. Monday, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office received a report of individuals trying to scam residents for driveway repair work on Route 77 in Darien, according to deputies.

Deputies said their investigation revealed that the defendants were "allegedly performing work at a residence without the property owners' permission and then tried to charge the property owner multiple sums of money."

Charles Elias Cooper, 35, and Joshua Dennis Cooper, 32, both of Ovid, were charged with soliciting without a permit, second-degree scheme to defraud in the second degree and sixth-degree conspiracy. Cooper was also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The defendants were arrested and arraigned in the Town of Darien Court. The investigation was handled by the New York State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit.



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