- September 29, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego businesses vandalized in the night are receiving surprise bills for as much as $921 from an unauthorized company called to board up their windows, according to a City Audit to be discussed Wednesday.
The audit, released earlier this year, says San Diego Police officers responding to vandalism are calling a non-city-approved contractor to board up the buildings when the owners are not present. The business owners, who did not consent to the work, are then getting bills from a third party that range from $516 to $921.
The audit says that San Diego Police officers are not authorized to contract on behalf of the city, but used this vendor exclusively since 2014. In the last two years, the contractor has been called out to more than 300 buildings.
“As part of our investigation, we contacted several San Diego business owners who had board-up services performed by the same vendor and obtained copies of the itemized invoices they…