Attorney General sues home repair business for stealing $30,000 from seniors

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 15, 2016)-- The Indiana Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against a group of people and business accused of scamming seniors out of more than $30,000.

Phyllis Brown was expecting a company to come out and clean her gutters when a couple of guys from C&C Tree Service showed up at her house instead. She figured they must be with the company she hired, so she let them start working.

An hour and $750 later, she wasn't sure exactly what work they'd really accomplished.

“I wanted to know exactly what they did but he never told me,” said Brown.

When she looked back at her records, she realized the men did not work for the company she'd hired. She told FOX59, when she questioned them about that, they men claimed they had taken over their father's company.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and his team of lawyers are investigating similar complaints and filed a lawsuit against 14 people and the business. The total amount they are accused of stealing is about $35,000. One victim lost $30,000 over the course of a year.

Zoeller's office showed us the flyers C&C Tree Service was using to target seniors by offering them a discount.

"This really has to be one of the worst cases I've ever seen in over 15 years in this office," said Zoeller. "It's clear that no work has been done. I mean there was just enough to appear that they were doing things. Sometimes they actually said they were up on the roof looking and then they came down and tried to charge people."

He added that there could also be criminal charges filed against the group for allegedly using a falsified check.

Brown hopes to get her money back, but she admits, she definitely got a valuable lesson.

"It was just a funny situation. I learned a lot from it."

If you feel like you or your elderly parent has been taken by someone, make sure you report it to the Attorney General's office so they can investigate.