ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Community Waste Services
has agreed to pay restitution for consumers who made advance payments for waste
services that the company allegedly did not perform, New York Attorney General
Eric T. Schneiderman announced.
The company’s owner passed away and the manager took over
his duties. When one of the company’s trucks broke down in 2015, the company
purportedly stopped making trash collections, stopped answering any phone calls
and stopped responding to any letters. The attorney general’s office claims to
have made several attempts to resolve mounting consumer complaints that went
“A business cannot simply close its doors without first
settling service obligations to consumers who have already paid,” Schneiderman
said. “My office will keep working to ensure that New York consumers receive
the goods and services they’ve paid for, and that companies that go out of
business fulfill their outstanding obligations.”
The manager, in accordance with the settlement agreement,
cannot operate a waste hauling business in the future without first paying a
$30,000 bond. The manager also agreed to pay $8,800 in restitution to 93
consumers and $2,000 in costs and penalties.
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