Pool cleaner says real estate group never paid him

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A Valley man says a real estate company owes him $9,000, but he can't get the company to pay him.

Billy Whitmore and his wife have a lot of new things going on in their lives.

"We were excited because we were expecting our first two baby twins," he said.

To support his family, Whitmore does pool maintenance around the Valley and says he recently came across a great opportunity to expand his cleaning business.

"We landed a contract with a reputable real estate company," he said.

Whitmore said that contract was with a real estate group called The Monaghan Group.

"The agreement was that we were going to clean foreclosed pools, green, ugly, swampy pools and get them cleaned up so that they could sell and then maintain them on a regulars basis," Whitmore said.

He was excited about the new opportunity, saying, "It looked like the break we had been waiting for."

But Whitmore said that break started crumbling. He started cleaning pools for The Monaghan Group back in January and since that time, he says he's only been paid for a few jobs.

Whitmore said he continued to clean pools for the company and even extended the billing cycle from 30 to 45 days.

"Forty days went by and then 50 went by and we still had not seen compensation for any of the work we had done," he said.

In the meantime, invoices for the pools he had maintained kept growing to the tune of more than $9,000.

Still, he says he couldn't get paid and contacted 3 On Your Side.

"At the beginning, it looked like such a promising thing financially for us and our business to finally take off and grow and now we are in worse shape than we were before we ever met them," Whitmore said.

3 On Your Side contacted Andrew Monaghan of The Monaghan Group, who told us he always intended on paying those invoices.

In a statement, he says, "Mr. Whitmore, the vendor was simply asked to provide documentation for certain work approvals and invoices."

But, Whitmore said he did hand over all documentation, several times, and was still never paid.

However, after 3 On Your Side got involved, The Monoghan Group paid Whitmore the entire amount he says was due -- right around $9,300.

"We were paid the full amount and we feel good," Whitmore said.