Investigator: Ohio AG sues driving school to recover refunds

3:54 PM, Aug 5, 2010   |    comments
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Heights Driving School II abruptly shut its doors in May, leaving students and their families scrambling to find a new driving school.

Attorney General Richard Cordray's office filed the lawsuit in Summit County Common Pleas Court after the school's owner, Charisse Pflueger, refused to refund the student's tuition. 

"We find this pretty outrageous," Cordray said. "I mean, they're taking $250 or more from people, promising them a service, and not providing them a service."

Pflueger could not be reached for comment. A telephone number listed for her has been disconnected.

The attorney general said that 189 families have complained so far, more than 100 of whom filed complaints following a story about the school by The Investigator Tom Meyer.

"We know that there's hundreds more out there who were defrauded and have not registered a formal complaint," Cordray said. "We're going to get people's money back to the extent we can do that."  

Cordray said his office would know how likely it is that parents will get their money back after prosecutors review the school's books to see if it has any money.

Heights Driving School II had numerous schools throughout Summit County and provided lessons for students at several high schools.

According to the lawsuit, the school shut down after failing to obtain the bonding and insurance required by the state.


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