Tree-removal company to pay $20K in fines for price gouging after hurricane
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another tree removal company must pay restitution and thousands in fines for price gouging a Wilmington homeowner after Hurricane Florence.
Attorney General Josh Stein won a judgment against Alva Wilson Lewis of Lexington who does business under the names A1 Tree & Storm Relief, A1 Tree and Storm Damage Relief, and Big Al & Sons Tree Service.
Lewis’s company originally provided an estimate of $4,000 to remove three trees for a homeowner and then invoiced them for $12,000.
Lewis is barred from removing trees or doing storm recovery work in the state and is required to pay $6,000 in restitution to consumers and $20,000 in fines.