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

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Posted at 11:05 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 23:08:31-04

DELTON, Mich. — A tree service in Barry County recently featured by the FOX 17 Problem Solvers is accused of taking money and not doing the work.

Now an 85-year-old veteran says he too is out hundreds of dollars.

Russell Golden still works hard for his money and takes good care of it.

“I can’t afford to lose money and other old people can’t either,” says Golden.

In March, he noticed some of his oak trees beginning to rot, so he says he hired Darren Huffman of Darren’s Tree Service to do some trimming.

Golden made a contract for the job that outlined its $900 cost.

“I had him sign a contract, he was supposed to do it in a week. And he said he had to have half the money, so I wrote him out a check for $500. I never seen him since,” Golden explained.

And Golden says the check did cash.

FOX 17 has tried multiple times to get in touch with Darren, once again Monday night, we received his voicemail.

Golden ended up hiring another tree service, but he says he still wants his money back and for others to not face a similar situation.

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