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Towing titan Gasper Fiore was so politically connected that his daughter last year helped write an amendment to the Michigan Department of Transportation budget that ensured his company would win a multimillion-dollar contract, federal documents show.
In the end, the amendment wasn’t necessary. MDOT backed down — and Fiore was told nearly a month in advance that he would get the contract when it was awarded, which he did, according to FBI wiretap evidence.
Along the way, Fiore, who for years dominated the towing industry in southeastern Michigan, appeared to have gotten help from then state Rep. Brian Banks, D-Detroit, and, possibly, state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, the wiretapped conversations show.
The suit claims Tricky charged Ledbetter a $458 towing charge, approximately $100 per mile, and charged $40 per day in storage for two days for a total charge of $538. “This charge is substantially in excess of similar charges for privately contracted consensual tow,” the suit claims.
WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some West Michigan towing companies are being accused of adding excessive fees to their bills. It’s an issue the WZZM 13 Watchdog team has been investigating for several months.
Jason Cummins is just one of several frustrated customers who asked for help. He says it all started when someone hit his suburban in Muskegon County.
"I specifically told the dispatcher that I would need a flatbed," Cummins said.
Cummins did not specify a company and says Eagle Towing showed up with a conventional wrecker.
"He tried several times to secure my vehicle with that truck, and couldn't do it, so he called a flatbed in," Cummins said.
Cummins' suburban was taken to Eagle Towing. The next day, he was given a bill for $905.
The invoice included two tow trucks at $295 each. There were also fees; lots of them. They included two fuel surcharges, mileage, inclement weather, medical care reform act, and reclamation and gate fees.
Cummins also had to get it towed to the body shop a few days later.
DETROIT (WXYZ) - The owner of a local trucking firm is accusing a towing company of taking advantage of a tragedy.
It involves that horrible chain reaction crash on I-75 and Springwells that claimed three lives.
The owner of a truck involved in the crash says she was slapped with a $10,000 towing bill from a company that tows for the Michigan State Police.
The police told her she had to use their authorized towing company, Boulevard and Trumbull. Her truck was impounded and full of freight. The only way to get it out was to pay this bill which she says was outrageous.
"I laughed. I honestly laughed. I thought someone in the office was joking," said Jaime Redmond, referring to when she first heard about the bill.
Then she actually saw the invoice from Boulevard and Trumbull Towing: $10,250. Her laughter turned to outrage.
We are a trucking company based in Michigan. In May 2016, while traveling on the PA turnpike I-76, one of our trucks was knocked off of the roadway resulting in the driver’s death and a mangled truck and trailer.
When the recovery and cleanup were completed, we received the following three invoices:
- An invoice from the primary tow company, J.E. Herring, for a total of $143,413.05.
- An invoice for $18,000 for an additional “Rotator Wrecker” which J.E. Herring apparently did not have
- A third invoice for $43,000 from a cleaning company. A very small portion of this load was haz-mat.