CMPD: Landscaper swindling customers

A scammer is taking cash for work and products and then failing to deliver.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police detectives want to talk to a landscaper who's business practices seem to put green in his pockets but leaves his customers high and dry.  

Police have six reports dating back to 2015, connected to Mark Autrey for swindling customers out of cash. Four of the cases are active and happened since December, primarily in the Dilworth neighborhood.

"He's quite good at conning people," said a woman who doesn't want to be identified. "He does good work at first, so everybody trusts him."

She says she purchased boxwood plants from him. Since he had made good on a sale to her employer, she says she didn't think this would be a risky purchase.

"I was in the market for them and I told him yes and we agreed on a price, which was very reasonable," she recalled.

The woman says Autrey asked her for a $100 deposit, that she reluctantly gave.  

"He took the check and immediately cashed it, then he never showed up on the first delivery date,' she said.

The woman says Autrey missed the second, third and fourth delivery date, also. Eventually, she says he stopped taking her calls.

"I'm pretty ticked off, yeah, and kicking myself for not knowing better," she said.

Autrey has allegedly operated several different businesses, including Corner Stone landscaping. The company has an "F" rating on the Better Business Bureau website. One complaint claims he swindled a customer out of a $1,400 deposit for work never done.  

"He's just a real lowlife and he needs to be stopped," she declared.

CMPD ask anyone with information about Autrey's whereabouts, or if you have been a victim of a landscaping con, to contact them.

Copyright 2017 WCNC


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