2 Investigators: Judgment Issued Against Notorious Towing Company

CHICAGO (CBS) — A notorious Chicago towing company is out of business, and is being ordered to give money back to some of its customers.

The punishment has taken years — and a long investigation – from CBS 2’s Pam Zekman.

The owners of Road America Towing in Blue Island and other towing companies they operated apparently did not produce records as ordered by a judge in a consumer-fraud complaint.

As a result, a default judgment orders them to pay $2.3 million dollars in penalties for intentionally defrauding accident victims.

“This is like modern-day highway robbery,” Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says. “It’s terrible to have these companies that are preying on people at a very vulnerable time.”

Like Edward Nance, who complained to CBS 2 in 2008 about a $2,000 bill full of inflated and fraudulent fees.

Now, the company is ordered to pay back more than $59,000 to some victims.

And the judgment bans the Al Hindi family that operates the companies from the accident towing business for five years.

An attorney for the towing companies says he is appealing the judgment.

He says his clients lost the records requested by the state’s attorney’s office and the county attorneys could have gotten the information from other sources. He also says his clients did not intentionally defraud any accident victims, and says any money they charged was justified.

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  • G-Lep

    R.A.T.?? Pitiful. Reprehensible. Cheating. Despicable. Shameful. Cheap. Contemptible!! Fraudulent. Dishonorable. Loathsome. Mendacious. Slimy.

  • observer

    Pam Zekman the ONLY real investigative reorter in Chicago!!!!!

  • Anthony Gerhard

    This company is a good company Its a shame that the news reporters talk about them like they have dealt with them, I’ve personally dealt with the owner and he’s a very nice guy we made arrangements for my car and they have actually helped me out from the guy that towed my car they were all great and extremely helpful people. They should get their facts straight before they air this, people do lose things.

    • Fred

      I agree with you, this is a great company and they helped me a lot. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks after my accident and they waived all the storage fee’s for me.

  • Thomas

    Edward Nance just wanted to be on the news,

  • MR

    These guys are rip-off artists and got what they deserved. The people who made the comments made about them being great you should consider yourself lucky. Believe me you are the small minority. These guys are thieves of the highest order.

  • ME

    This was a towing service that I was glad I could trust. They were totally helpful. No complaints here, just Thanks for great service.

  • william

    i was in a accident and was rush to the hospital they tow my car to jackson park and and rescue my belongings of high value and yes i did know about this pirating towing who is just not only them but one thing for sure they earn my trust i

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