Company shut down after price-gouging accusation
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s attorney general announced a Florida company accused of charging more than $37,000 to clear three trees after Tropical Storm Michael has been shut down.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Attorney General Josh Stein’s office won a preliminary injunction from a Wake County judge on Monday against National Emergency Restoration Services, meaning it can’t clear trees or collect payments.
According to the attorney general’s office, a Guilford County homeowner had three trees blown down on his property. A crew from National Emergency Restoration arrived and falsely told the homeowner the insurance company sent them.
The homeowner signed a contract, then got a $37,200 bill for three trees and a tarp.
Stein’s office has brought six complaints against tree-removal companies doing work since Hurricane Florence struck in September.