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DA accuses towing company of taking advantage of drivers

April 10, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors have announced charges accusing a north Philadelphia tow truck operator and its owners of taking advantage of vulnerable drivers.

District Attorney Larry Krasner said Wednesday that the conspiracy and theft case against Hooked Inc., 29-year-old co-owner Dwight Williams and 40-year-old co-owner Joseph Moreno followed an 18-month grand jury investigation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Krasner said the industry standard for towing charges is $200 to $400, but insurance companies said they were being billed $1,000 to $2,500.

Williams’ attorney, William Brennan, vowed to fight “each and every” allegation, saying the company has provided service “at a fair and reasonable cost.”

Moreno’s attorney, Richard J. Fuschino Jr., said his client denies the accusations and “nobody was taken advantage of.” Company attorney Amato Sanita said towing was always done with consent.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com