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Cape realtor, residents upset over tree service fraud

Posted at 6:55 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 18:55:46-05
CAPE CORAL, Fla., - Be careful who you hire! That's the message from one Cape Coral realtor who's now out 2,500 dollars after he claims a tree trimming company took his money and now isn't owning up to the contract.
 
Armond Classetti tells Four In Your Corner he paid a contractor $2,500 dollars up front to cut and remove the trees on the property. Four weeks later, the trees remain on the property.
 
The contract stating that the amount would go towards the contractor hiring a claw truck to remove the trees but Classetti claims the contractor, Jesse Williams, vanished after he got the money.
 
"He promises he's coming. To me, he's promised 7 or 8 times," said Classetti.
 
Those promises from a contractor the city tells Classetti has an expired license.
 
Williams did not answer our phone calls Friday.
 
Neighbors want the trees removed, saying it's an eyesore and could be dangerous.
 
"All those dead leaves. That could be hazardous to us when you think about it. We know how brush fires can spark over here," said Tami Caraway, who lives on the street.
 
"I'm trying to help them find a solution. It's been very difficult and frustrating," Classetti said.
 
According to Classetti, cleaning up the mess could cost an addition $2,000. He urges people who need to hire a contractor to make sure they are licensed and to never pay up front.