DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ LAUNCHES AN INVESTIGATION OF METROPOLITAN NY TOWING, AUTO BODY & SALVAGE ASSOCIATION
Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan
Mintz announced today the opening of the Department’s investigation of the
Metropolitan NY Towing, Auto Body & Salvage Association (“Metro Tow
Association”) in light of evidence that the Association had repeatedly engaged
in fraudulent or illegal activity. The scope of the investigation includes
whether Metro Tow Association has counseled its members to provide false
information to the Department, facilitated false submissions, and engaged in
other fraudulent or illegal activities.
The Department notified the Association, as well as all licensed tow truck
companies and tow truck drivers that, effective immediately and until the
investigation is completed, the Department would not accept any documents signed
or delivered by any of Metro Tow Association’s principals, employees or agents,
and that it would notify any Departmental Administrative Law Judge before whom
an executive, employee or agent of the Association was representing a tow
business or tow driver in a hearing of this investigation.
The Department provided information to its licensees regarding their rights
to file licensing and other relevant documents on their own, including in person
at the Licensing Center, online, and through any other agents.
DCA enforces the Consumer Protection Law and other related business laws
throughout New York City. Ensuring a fair and vibrant marketplace for consumers
and businesses, DCA licenses more than 71,000 businesses in 55 different
industries. Through targeted outreach, partnerships with community and trade
organizations, and informational materials, DCA educates consumers and
businesses alike about their rights and responsibilities. DCA’s Office of
Financial Empowerment (OFE) is the first local government initiative in the
nation with a mission to educate, empower, and protect New Yorkers with low
incomes so they can build assets and make the most of their financial resources.
Toward that end, OFE seeks to increase access to high-quality, low-cost
financial education and counseling; improve access to income-boosting tax
credits; connect households to safe and affordable banking and asset-building
products and services; and enforce and improve consumer protections to enhance
financial stability. For more information, call 311 or visit DCA online