(UNDATED) - The state Attorney General's office is going after a trash company accused of failing to refund customers who had paid their bills just before the company went out of business.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed suit against Tippecanoe Waste Removal. The Lafayette company collected upfront payments from customers in November and December for three months worth of trash and recycling collection, then went out of business in January.
Zoeller says he believes Tippecanoe Waste tried to sell its assets to another company. "Customers didn't realize they needed to find other ways of getting their trash covered. There are people who haven't had their trash picked up for two or three weeks now," said Zoeller. The company posted a message on its website saying customer accounts would be transferred to Waste Management, but Zoeller says Waste Management never acquired the accounts.
"At just this point, we have more than $15,000 owed to the 318 consumers who have filed complaints," said Zoeller. "Now that we have filed suit, we can try to look and see if there's assets that we can act against so we can try to recover some of the funds." Zoeller believes many more customers were affected and says once his office takes a look at the company's books, refunds will be collected for any customer affected, not just those who filed complaints.
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