Handyman agrees to pay back family after leaving job unfinished
A handyman who took thousands from a family and didn’t do the job will pay the money back.
Linh Tran is happy that there is some justice after months of stress. She hopes the handyman will pay what he owes.
The Tran family sued Dwayne Staron of Dwaynes Handyman Services in June, and on Tuesday, the day of the trial, he agreed to repay the money he had taken from them for upgrades, legal and court fees. It comes to $ 9,330.
“I put my foot forward hopefully to bring justice or something, hoping to bring them some consequences,” said Tran. “I could have just given up and just lost the money.”
We first reported on it in August. The Trans paid Dwayne’s Handyman Services to remodel their kitchen, re-pipe the whole house, and replace some doors and windows.
But according to the Cape Coral Police Department, Staron is a craftsman, not a licensed contractor. CCPD says only licensed contractors can lay electrical and plumbing fixtures or tear down a wall, not craftsmen.
Tran took Staron to court for failing to do the job. Staron told Tran he was having trouble finding work now.
“He said, ‘Here’s the thing. You know, since you got me on WINK News and social media, I haven’t been able to find a job. Nobody hired me. I was kicked out of the job. People didn’t want to work with me, ‘”explained Tran. “And I just didn’t say anything. I say, ‘This is not my problem. How would you expect it if you were walking around cheating on people? ‘”
The trans told us that justice doesn’t feel complete.
“He doesn’t have the skills; he doesn’t have a license, ‘”said Tran. “I don’t know how he can get the job. I said he didn’t have a fortune either. “
We emailed Dwayne Staron for a comment, but he didn’t respond to us by Wednesday.
We also reached out to the CCPD and were told that the police are still working on this case.
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