5 On Your Side

Man at Center of Several 5 on Your Side Complaints in Jail

Posted October 1, 2007

A Raleigh man at the center of several 5 on Your Side investigations is in jail.

Tim Wrenn was recently arrested in Wake County on charges he wrote bad checks and did not pay child support. WRAL's 5 on Your Side knows of Wrenn because of complaints about landscaping businesses he owned over the past nine years.

A couple who had complained to 5 on Your Side said Monday they were glad Wrenn was behind bars. Monica and Jamal Jones hired Wrenn's South Valley Landscaping and Masonry company to do yard work. They paid him $2,000, but said they got nothing in return.

"He kept giving me different stories. He had pneumonia. He had bronchitis. He had the flu. It was raining," said Monica Jones.

The Jones story was similar to more than a dozen other complaints against Wrenn. They date to 1998, when a homeowner said she paid Wrenn, who then operated under Autumn and Aquatic, more than $2,000 for landscape work with which she was unsatisfied.

In 2000, he was paid for a water garden, then left the yard a mess. When 5 on Your Side called, he refunded the homeowner $2,500.

In 2005, operating as Southern Exterior Concepts, Wrenn ripped up a yard and for weeks left unplanted trees withering in the summer heat. He didn't finish the job until 5 on Your Side called him.

Wrenn never refunded the Jones their money or did any of the work. When their story aired on WRAL, Wrenn was nowhere to be found. His phone numbers were disconnected and he and his wife, Alicia Hair, had sold their Raleigh home in a gated community for about $600,000.

The Jones said they hope that since Wrenn he is in jail, the district attorney will now pursue their case.

Wrenn is being held in the Wake County jail on a $113,000 bond.


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  • jeebk04 Oct 3, 2007

    bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you..

  • Trixie Oct 3, 2007

    I've never hired a contractor but I've heard so many horror stories. It is safe to say that anyone asking for payment in advance should be avoided?

  • highergame4me Oct 3, 2007

    He is so ashamed in the picture he can't even open his eyes. What a wus!

  • owlady Oct 3, 2007

    Sometimes it is necessary to give a contractor a deposit for him/her to purchase materials to start your project. I have had no problems in the past with the contractors that I have hired. It is important to check references and take a look at jobs that the contractor has already completed before hiring them.

  • Tax Man Oct 2, 2007

    The DA should look into taking money by false pretenses and serve him arrest warrant while they have him - then his bail can be set around a million dollars - and he will have to answer the charges. Sounds like a real crook.

  • Groovy Oct 2, 2007

    notaproblem= that's right! Never pay until the job is done. I have experience with that just recently with hardwood flooring (thank god it was just a minor thing that wasn't completed) but once he was paid, he was through in his mind. If a company can't afford to wait until a relatively short project is completed to be paid, then maybe you need to look elsewhere

  • notaproblem Oct 2, 2007

    Lesson 1: Never pay before the job is finished !

  • seankelly15 Oct 2, 2007

    "Tim Wrenn was recently arrested in Wake County on charges he wrote bad checks and did not pay child support."

    He is not charged with a failure to provide the homeowners' with the services that they paid for. Nothing is said about compensation or restitution for the homeowners - they would need to file a civil suit. WRAL's mentioning the information from their TV program has no relationship to why this guy was arrested.

  • strolling bones Oct 2, 2007

    deadbeats never pay...never

  • PikeMom Oct 2, 2007

    I does seem like WRAL has gone to playing "cops and robbers".