5 On Your Side

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

Posted October 1, 2007 6:54 p.m. EDT
Updated October 1, 2007 10:42 p.m. EDT

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.