Rancho Bernardo man says turf contractor left him out $6,000

Artificial turf never installed in front yard
Posted at 11:20 AM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 14:20:04-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Tom Berry liked the artificial turf installed in his backyard so much, he hired the same contractor to green up his front yard.  Berry says he was victimized when the contractor left him with a yard full of dirt.

It gets worse:  Berry later got a notice that a $1,000 lien was placed on his home from a sub-contractor that claimed the man who hired him to remove soil from Berry’s yard never paid him.

That contractor is Marc Morningstar, the owner of Hybrid Turf, a company that’s had more than its fair share of complaints.

Team 10 investigated Morningstar’s business practices after several customers claimed he took their money but never finished the job.

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Morningstar denied it, saying “you can’t make everyone happy.”

The Contractors State License Board suspended Morningstar’s license in September, and has begun the revocation process.  That means Morningstar is prohibited from signing any contracts or doing any work.

Last week a contractor contacted Team 10 to say Morningstar was using his license number.  He found out about it from a dissatisfied customer.

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Berry’s contract for the front yard job, which was dated December 22, 2016,  lists two license numbers, neither of which belong to Morningstar.  It is illegal to do business using another contractor’s license number.

Berry claims he’s out $6,000.  He wants the Contractors State License Board to do something about Morningstar before any other customers are impacted.

The CSLB appears to be investigating the case, since many of the same people interviewed by Team 10 have been contacted by an investigator.