Company banned from working in NC until after price gouging trial

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTW) – North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced that Scotts Tree Service, an out-of-state company, is prohibited from doing business in the state as a price gouging case goes to trial. 

According to a press release from the attorney general’s office, homeowners near Wilmington say Scott Lacey and Randy Shannon spent an hour removing two fallen trees after Hurricane Florence and then billed them nearly $15,000. 

They say the two never discussed the price before they got the bill. 

“This out-of-state operator tried to rip off North Carolinians coping with the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “I’m grateful that the court has blocked them from taking advantage of any other North Carolinians as we continue this case. My office will not stand for anyone who preys on the misfortune of others in violation of our state’s price gouging statute.”

Stein is reminding all people to get written quotes from at least three companies for fair prices before saying yes. 

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