NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy is stepping in to help more than 15 hundred student drivers get refunds from a North Shore driving school.
According to Healy, the students pre-paid more than 1 million dollars in total for driver's education instruction with North Andover Auto School, LLC -- and never actually received the services.
The school's owner Michael Larocque, 56, of Lawrence then reportedly closed the business after he was arrested on charges of drug trafficking, and failed to provide refunds for the students.
Healy's office filed a lawsuit against the driving school -- which is also doing business as MV Auto School-- in Essex Superior Court on Thursday. The suit accuses Larocque of violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act.
The filing is seeking more than $1 million in full refunds and a preliminary injunction to freeze Larocque's assets.
Healy is asking anyone impacted by the school's abrupt closing to reach out to her office at (617) 727-8400 or file a complaint online.
WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.