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Updated: 2:26 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012 | Posted: 1:20 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012
HEIDELBERG, Pa. —
The owner of a tree trimming company was arrested Monday morning and is charged with deceptive or fraudulent business practice.
According to police, Mark Kinsella is accused of taking $2,500 from an elderly woman and never finishing the job she paid for.
Julia Mayer, 77, said Kinsella cut down seven pine trees, but left the trees on her Heidelberg property.
“He cut the trees down and it looked like a bomb hit,” Mayer said. “He just left them laying there. It was awful.”
Mayer said she called him repeatedly and he never got back to her.
“Sometimes he’d return the call and say he was coming back, but he never came back,” Mayer said.
Mayer said she then paid another company $2,100 to haul away the trees.
“I told him my husband died just two days after Christmas and he said, ‘I’ll take care of you,’” Mayer said.
Authorities said Kinsella was arrested Monday morning while at city court for driving on a suspended license.
Police said he is charged with three felony counts of deceptive or fraudulent business practice and home improvement fraud.
Officials said the Better Business Bureau has 17 complaints against his company, giving it an F rating.
“I just don’t want him doing this to anyone else,” Mayer said. “I would like to recover some of that money. I’m out almost $5,000.”
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