I am not sure, but I honestly believe there is more to this than what’s here, and that part of the story is missing.
The mentioning(twice) of the Cherry tree also seems suspicious we’ve planted quite a few trees over the years that were more than $3,500, why is this tree being singled out? Heck maybe it is a 1 inch caliper tree(that would be overcharging for sure). Maybe it’s 6″ or 7″ caliper?
If anyone out there knows anything else about this story I’d appreciate hearing from you.
This is the 1st time I had ever heard of a Landscape Contractor being jailed for “over-charging”. If any of you know of this happening in your part of the World I’d like to hear about it.
|Landscaper jailed for exorbitant prices|
|March 04, 2010, 03:55 AM By Michelle Durand|
A landscaper who left an elderly Hillsborough man with a $70,000 bill to fix $120,000 of shoddy work and inflated costs including a $3,500 cherry tree was sentenced Wednesday to 20 days in jail.
Edilberto Heredia, 40, must also spend three years on supervised probation and pay restitution in an amount to be determined at an April 19 hearing. The sentence is 100 days less than the maximum Heredia faced when he pleaded no contest Dec. 2 to misdemeanor contracting without a license.
The term is “reasonable,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
In return for the plea, prosecutors dropped charges against his wife, Maria Heredia, who ran a nursery supplying the plants used in the man’s landscaping.
In July 2008, Heredia worked for the victim’s neighbor and was asked to do some minor landscaping. Heredia did the work but authorities alleged he pushed the man into more projects and took an excessive down payment followed by the hefty cost of the labor and plants. Heredia charged the man $120,000 but an expert from the state Contractors Board later concluded the work was only worth $84,000.
Even worse, according to authorities, is that the man will spend another $70,000 to repair the lackluster work. The $13,000 price tag for plants and labor included a single cherry tree sold for $3,650.
Heredia has been out of custody on his own recognizance.