12 On Your Side: Local contractor has history of skipping out on jobs

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, June 25, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A local man is accused yet again for doing half the work but keeping all the money.

Eddie Trimble has operated under several different business names over the past few years, contracting out work and then skipping out on the job. Even though he's been convicted in the past, he's back at it.

Lawrence McCoy says he's Trimble's latest victim. He describes his backyard as, "One T-total mess if you want to know the truth of it."

It looks like a tornado hit. There's trees and limbs piled everywhere in his backyard.

His wife says, "I don't know what to do anymore. I'm to the point where I don't know."

The McCoys say they've been dealing with the mess since they hired Trimble to cut down 48 trees in their backyard.

He says, "The contract read that everything would be done within five to 15 days."

But, the McCoys say Trimble signed the contract more than a month ago, agreeing to cut down all of the trees, grind down the stumps, haul off all of the debris and put their fence back.

McCoy says, "He come in here and cut the trees down, and then he left."

The huge mess left behind isn't just on the McCoys' property. There's piles of debris left in their neighbors' back yard, too.

They agreed on $2,700 for the job, half to be paid upfront and the other half when the work was complete. But they say Trimble came back for more money before the job was done. They paid him a total of $2,325 dollars, and then say they didn't hear from him for a month.

McCoy says, "Both of us are retired, we're living off retirement and Social Security and that's all the income we've got."

They've had to pay someone else to haul off the rest at $40 a load.

McCoy says, "Right now, he's probably hauled 10 to 12 loads out of here."

And, there's still plenty of loads left to haul away, taking even more money out of the McCoy family pocketbook.

Trimble didn't return our calls and he wasn't at his house. We found him at the Richmond County Jail. He was arrested by a Georgia state trooper Monday after getting pulled over for not wearing a seat belt. He also received a charge for driving with a suspended license and an obstruction charge for trying to run away from the officer.

We spoke with licensing and inspection, and they say you have the right to ask to see a person's business license to keep this from happening to you. You can also call the licensing and inspection office to make sure they're legit. Their phone number is (706) 312-5050.

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