News 4 investigation gets results for St. Louis woman ripped of by tree trimmer

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by Chris Nagus / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 10:56 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A News 4 Investigation yielded  results for a St. Louis woman.  Last month, Angie Moore was ripped off by a St. Charles County tree trimmer.  She paid the man $1,600 but he left before finishing the job.

In December, Moore told us that she “made the mistake of paying him before it was complete.”

Matt Craig cut off the top part of her massive tree, but then left, leaving the two-story trunk still standing.

On December 21st, News 4’s Chris Nagus confronted Craig.

He agreed the work needed to be done, but after waiting and waiting, Craig never came through.

After News 4 aired the story about the story, we got calls from several tree trimmers offering to do the job for free.

John Beckman of Rays Tree Service showed up a couple days later and got to work.

“It is really frustrating for us, it gives everyone in the tree trimming community a bad name” said Beckman.

He says paying upfront is never a good idea and also some tree trimmers are less then credible.

“The tree industry is easy to get into, so with a bad economy people get into it they don’t have a lot of scruples, in this case the lady paid him and never saw him again” said Beckman.

Now after months of waiting, Angie Moore’s problem was solved within a few hours.

 

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