Baseballer-turned-landscaper 'left clients living in rubble'
Several clients of a Sydney landscaper and ex-US baseball player claim he left them living in rubble after taking payments collectively worth tens of thousands and not completing the work.
Darian Lindsay used to play minor-league baseball for the New York Mets – even appearing on baseball cards.
But now, customers Mirna, David and Kim, and Rasik, say he's left them out of pocket.
Mirna was building a house and said she had paid $28,880 but minimal work had been done 14 months later.
She said a hearing by Fair Trading ordered Mr Lindsay to have the concrete poured by June 1.
"He just refused to do the work that he was supposed to," she told A Current Affair.
David and Kim said they had paid Mr Lindsay $13,600 for landscaping work on their new home.
David said Mr Lindsay's quote had been very professional - with separate quotes for each section of work.
However, on August 29, David said Mr Lindsay told them his father had died and he would be uncontactable for two weeks.
"I felt sorry for him," David said.
"So we replied and gave him our sympathy."
However, other customers had previously received the same message.
Mr Lindsay made the same claim about his father's death on April 24, and on February 23.
Rasik, who received the February missive, claimed Mr Lindsay took the contract for his job in September 2017 and that he said the job would be finished in three weeks.
He said he paid Mr Lindsay about $12,000.
Mr Lindsey is also accused of taking $70,000 for work on another property, the owner of which was too distraught to appear on camera for A Current Affair.
A Current Affair tracked Mr Lindsay down to a pre-season baseball game.
He claimed some customers had also "slugged" him, and it was a "savage circle".
"I have been ripped off hundreds of thousands of dollars as well, so that's the way it crumbles," he said.
He refused to comment further, saying the matter was with the liquidators.
A Current Affair also offered Mr Lindsay the opportunity to respond in writing to the claims by his customers, but had not received any response at the time of publication.