NC lawsuit claims companies price gouged Florence homeowners


A lawsuit filed by the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office alleges two companies from out-of-state price gouged victims of Hurricane Florence.

Attorney General Josh Stein filed the lawsuits on Tuesday.

In a further step to keep the businesses out of the state, Stein was granted a temporary restraining order for both companies.

The Attorney General tweeted on the topic Wednesday afternoon:

The lawsuits claim Georgia Tree Company and Secure Restoration overcharged customers during the Governor’s State of Emergency issued during Florence.

Georgia Tree Company, based out of Alpharetta, Georgia, is accused of gouging a Florence victim from Sneads Ferry in Onslow Co.

The suit alleges the homeowner was charged 19,598 dollars to have four trees removed from the property. That comes to 513 dollars per man-hour of tree work.

Secure Restoration is based out of Florida. The lawsuit claims the company promised a Craven County homeowner their work would cost no more than 5,000 dollars. The company completed the work only to come back around and charge more than 39,000 dollars for the fixes, the lawsuit alleges.

To view both lawsuits and temporary restraining orders CLICK HERE.

The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office is asking anyone who might have been price gouged during the State of Emergency to come forward.

You can call: 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (1-877-566-7226)

Or visit the Attorney General’s website to file a report by CLICKING HERE.

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