Clients: Portland handyman pressured, bilked us

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PORTLAND (AP) — Witnesses in the trial of a Portland handyman have described a pattern of exorbitant charges and shoddy work.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection has sued Daniel Tucci.

According to a civil complaint, the state identified nearly $236,000 in losses among 13 customers, ranging from $175 to a botched basement project that cost a Cape Elizabeth couple almost $140,000.

The Portland Press Herald reported that some of Tucci’s clients, many of them elderly, testified Wednesday he would sometimes write more than a dozen estimates for a single job, and ask for more and more money. Most described his work as poor.

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Others said they were pleased with his work.

Tucci’s attorney has said his client did nothing wrong. Tucci is expected to present his case Thursday.

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