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Vietnam veteran receives eye-popping $2,500 trash bill

Posted at 5:44 PM, Mar 26, 2018

A Las Vegas veteran says he was stunned when he opened up his trash collection bill to find his amount due was more than $2,500.

John Deagosteno says he tried calling Republic Services but always got the runaround. 

According to Deagosteno, the trouble started in 2012 when he paid his quarterly trash bill using a money order and sent it via the standard mail.

"I mailed the money order like I had for the last 15 years and it wasn't credited," said Deagosteno.

Approximately two payments were never credited to his account, Deagosteno claims.

The outstanding balance began to grow over time. According to documents provided to Contact 13, Republic Services began slapping on fees and penalties for the past due amount. Deagosteno showed several 'intent to lien' notices for his home.

"If you miss a payment, or a payment gets lost in the mail, you'll end up owing them to $2,000 or $3000 until they can own your home," said Deagosteno.

Contact 13 reached out to Republic Services. A representative called Deagosteno and agreed to drop the penalties and reduced the amount owed to $400.

"I spent 13 months in Vietnam in the rifle company and I feel just as well now as I did when I left Vietnam," said Deagosteno.

Contact 13 also found Republic Services' billing practices have come under fire before. According to a 2016 in the Las Vegas Review Journal, a class action lawsuit alleged Republic Services illegally overcharged Clark County residents by placing multiple liens on homes for overdue trash bills.

Contact 13 spoke to Attorney James Adams representing plaintiffs in the case, Monday. Adams says the case is in the appeals process and will likely end up in the Supreme Court of Nevada.

Adams claims Republic Services has placed between 10-20,000 liens across Clark County for overdue waste collection bills.

Adams says it may an additional 18 months before the case is resolved.


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