Man defends $4,800 bill for snow shoveling

Cleared off roof, porches, walkways

By Travis Andersen and Katherine Landergan
Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent / February 10, 2011

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One of the three men who police said charged an elderly Amesbury resident $4,800 to shovel his roof defended the cost of the job in an interview yesterday, as details emerged of the family’s prior legal problems in other states.

“I want people to know, I’m not scamming; I’m making a living,’’ Kevin Snow Jr., 23, said in a phone interview.

Snow; his father Kevin Snow Sr., 47; and his brother, George Snow, 21, all of Salisbury, charged the man for clearing his roof Friday, but gave the money back Saturday after Amesbury police said they could face criminal charges if they did not reimburse him, police said. No charges were filed.

The customer agreed on the price prior to the job and also requested that his garage roof be shoveled, which added to the cost, Kevin Snow Jr. said.

But he and his brother have had prior brushes with the law, according to the California Contractors State License Board. The board, a division of the state Department of Consumer Affairs, said in a press release over the summer that the brothers pleaded no contest in June to felony and misdemeanor fraud charges in connection with their contracting practices.

Their cousin — George Joseph Stanley, 31, of Moosup, Conn. — also pleaded no contest to similar charges in the case, according to the licensing board. They were ordered to pay restitution of more than $130,000 before their sentencing, which was scheduled for last October. The Butte County district attorney’s office, which had jurisdiction in the case, could not be reached late last night for further details.

The licensing board said the brothers and the cousin conned dozens of Californians, many of them elderly, out of at least $500,000 by overcharging for what was often shoddy paving work. The men were suspected of running similar scams in at least four other states, according to the board, including an alleged plot that involved drugging an elderly man in Pennsylvania.

A lawyer for the Snow brothers, William Korman of Boston, confirmed in a phone interview last night that the men pleaded out in California but said he had no information on the case, because he did not represent them in the matter. He said he had no information on the family’s business structure and declined comment when asked about any pending criminal investigations involving his clients or their relatives.

“The Snows are hard-working people,’’ he said. The lawyer listed for the Snows in the California case, Michael M. Rooney, could not be reached for comment late last night.

Kevin Snow Jr. said that he, his brother, and five other workers spent six hours shoveling the roof, garage, bulkhead, three walkways, and two porches and de-icing the gutters in Amesbury.

Snow said he is currently unemployed and that a bit of snow shoveling really helps his family out. He said he has three young daughters. For a roof clearing, Snow, who said he has a separate company, said he typically charges $2,500.

Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report.