Handyman accuses contractor of not paying for work completed - CBS46 News

Handyman accuses contractor of not paying for work completed

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Anthony Walls is a handyman who specializes in air conditioning repair work. He said he's the little guy who is doing his best to keep up with the big boys.

"I have been out here 10 years now. I'm 50 something years old and it is tough," Walls said.

Walls said last summer he and his business partner did some contract work for a man named Michael Lanning.

"He immediately started sending us calls everyday from Hampton, GA all the way to Smyrna, Sugarloaf, everywhere," Walls said.

Walls showed CBS Atlanta News what he said are invoices from the jobs he took.

"The checks started trickling in slowly but surely. But after about two weeks they started coming less frequently and once we started asking him about the situation, he said he was having problems getting money from the people paying him," Walls said.

Walls said the outstanding checks never arrived. He said he's owed nearly $7,000.

"The outstanding invoices add up to $6,996.23," Walls said.

Last summer Jason Tuten, a Riverdale handyman, accused Lanning of the same thing.

CBS Atlanta asked Lanning what was going on.

"We pay our subs when our clients pay us and we have had problems getting payments. We are not sitting on any money, we are waiting to get paid for our jobs so we can pay our contractors. The delay is part of the business. You take the risk," Lanning said.

Lanning's accountant later said Walls had been paid for all the work he had done from the summer. She said Walls was only owed for work he did over the last month. Walls said he took the work so he would be paid. He said he will take legal action if he is not paid soon.

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