March 15 2019 04:52 PM

The contractor allegedly took the money but never did the work.

A couple in Forsyth County, Georgia, is out $8,500 for landscape work that was never started, and the man who promised to do it for them has been arrested, according to a story by Alexander Popp posted on the Forsyth County News website.

William Charles Cammarata, 37, of Flowery Branch, owner of Northeast Georgia Landscaping, was taken into the custody of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony theft by taking.

A sheriff’s office incident report states that deputies responded to a home in north Forsyth to investigate a report that a landscaping company had allegedly taken a partial payment from a couple for a large project but had never returned to complete the agreed-upon work.

According to the report, in April 2017, the homeowners entered into an agreement to pay Cammarata $18,007.80 for work on a retaining wall and to replace some sod at their residence, allegedly giving him an $8,500 down payment.

The homeowners kept getting excuses from Cammarata “as to why the work had not started,” and eventually stopped hearing from him altogether.

In the report, Deputy A. Diel stated that after failed attempts to make contact with Cammarata via a phone number, the couple researched his name online and read about multiple other incidents similar to theirs.

Indeed, Superior Court records show that Cammarata was also implicated in several different cases of deposit account fraud in Gwinnett County in 2017 and 2018.

Cammarata was later taken into custody by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at the Gwinnett County Jail. He is being held in the Forsyth County Jail without bond.