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September 5, 2018

Landscaping contractor barred from Iowa, must repay customers

Attorney General's investigation finds fraudulent practices

A landscape contractor is barred from doing business in Iowa and is ordered to repay customers $25,253 after an investigation by the Iowa Attorney General’s office.

Eric Mitchell admitted that he violated Iowa law, including that he misrepresented when he would complete projects, failed to inform customers of their legal right to cancel, and accepted payments without performing the labor, according to a consent judgment filed Aug. 24. 

The court order bars Mitchell from working in construction or home repair in Iowa, owning a construction or home repair business in Iowa, managing or advising a construction or home repair business in Iowa, or participating in any material way in a construction or home repair business in Iowa.

Mitchell is ordered to reimburse 13 consumers of $25,253.08. Based on Mitchell’s current financial condition, the state agreed to a payment plan in which he pays $350 per month at this point. That amount may change depending on his future situation. 

Should Mitchell violate the judgment, the attorney general may request that the court fine him in an amount of up to $5,000 for each day that he is in violation of the order.

Mitchell, formerly of Ankeny, now lives in Lake Orion, Mich. He operated under the business names “Residential Services” and “E’NA Landscaping by Design.”

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