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Indy tree trimmer accused of ripping off senior

Associated Press
September 6, 2013
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The state is suing an Indianapolis tree trimmer that the attorney general's office alleges took $7,500 from a 93-year-old man and then performed shoddy work.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a Marion County court against Spaulding's Tree Experts Inc. The attorney general's office said in a statement Thursday that the suit was the first to be filed under a new Senior Consumer Protection Act. The law provides harsher penalties for those found guilty of financially exploiting people 60 or older.

A phone message seeking comment was left at the company's Indianapolis office at 6851 E. 34th St.

The agency said the tree trimmers convinced a man with dementia to sign a $6,000 contract and then charged more money for the same services.

The lawsuit also alleges the company's work was inadequate.

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  • My Father was also scammed
    Although the "tree trimmer" was not named, my 88-year-old father was ripped off for $14,000.00 by such a service. Perhaps this media service could provide a phone and email address for those wishing to report other accounts to the attorney general. We've already filed a complaint, but other victims may not have come forward.
  • fraud
    One wouldn't keep two sets of books to account for stolen money any more than a shoplifter accounts for what they on their taxes. Money earned legally is accounted for and stolen money just gets spent.
  • Special place
    There has to be a special place in H-E-"double hockey sticks" for people who rip off seniors, not to mention those with dementia. Guess their parents didn't have any children who lived. Shame on them.
  • Con Man
    You mean contractors keep 2 sets of books?
  • Solution
    Make this con man work for the City of Indianapolis as a tree trimmer (For Free) for one-year, following his three-year jail sentence and a $100,000 fine. If that does not work for most folks, then let the IRS audit this guy's books. I guarantee he was not paying taxes on the money he was stealing from the elderly.

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