85-year-old says tree service took his money and ran

DELTON, me. – A Barry County tree service recently featured by the FOX 17 Problem Solvers is accused of taking money and not getting the job done.

Now, an 85-year-old veteran says he has lost hundreds of dollars too.

Russell Golden is still working hard for his money and taking good care of it.

“I can’t afford to lose money, and neither can other old people,” says Golden.

In March, he noticed some of his oak trees were starting to rot and said he had hired Darren Huffman of Darren’s Tree Service to prune something.

Golden signed a contract for the job that listed the cost of $ 900.

“I had him sign a contract, he should do it in a week. And he said he had to have half the money, so I wrote him a check for $ 500. I haven’t seen him since, ”explained Golden.

And Golden says the check was cash.

FOX 17 has tried to get in touch with Darren several times. Monday evening we received his voicemail again.

Golden eventually hired another tree service, but says he still wants his money back and for others who aren’t faced with a similar situation.

“Well, I just don’t think it’s right to really do it to people or anyone, you know what I mean. It’s a scam, people like this should be taken out of business, ”added Golden.

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