Trees resting against a home on Kiwassa Drive in Saranac Lake and on power lines leading to the home. National Grid dispatched a crew from a different tree service company, from the Rome, N.Y. region. Photo: Mark Kurtz.
Lake George, NY, Dec 14, 2012 — New York's Attorney General says a Lake George tree trimming operation gouged customers in the days following tropical storm Irene. In a press release issued this week, Eric Schneiderman accused the American Tree Company of using "illegal and deceptive" tactics to inflate prices during the clean-up effort in 2011.
Schneiderman blasted the company for what he called a "breathtaking scheme to price gouge innocent New Yorkers out of thousands of dollars."
According to the state lawsuit filed under the state's anti-gouging law, American Tree Company allegedly charged as much as $10,000 to remove a single tree.
Schneiderman says he wants American Tree Company to pay restitution. He is urging customers who worked with the company following tropical storm Irene to contact his office.