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[ATG] State accuses TWR owners of misusing funds, adds hundreds more to lawsuit
Start Date: 3/10/2014 All Day
End Date: 3/10/2014
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an amended lawsuit today against Tippecanoe Waste Removal, Inc. (TWR) accusing its owners of using corporate funds to pay for personal expenses including child support and groceries.

On Jan. 30, Zoeller filed a lawsuit against the former Lafayette-based business for failing to collect trash after taking upfront payments from its customers. The amended lawsuit names owners Kurt Kanable and Melissa Kanable as defendants in addition to TWR, because corporate bank records raised concerns about the use of funds.

According to the lawsuit, the Kanables are accused of using customer’s payments for personal expenditures including child support, student loan payments, children’s clothing, groceries and even video games.

“Customers who have been impacted by this business’s abrupt shutdown should know that my office continues to diligently pursue this case and restitution for consumers,” Zoeller said. “The allegations regarding the comingling of corporate and personal funds are certainly of significant concern. My office intends to hold those that were personally responsible for consumer losses accountable. This action today is a step toward finding where the consumers' payments went and identifying any assets that could go toward consumer restitution."

Zoeller said 766 consumers have submitted complaints to his office so far – up from 318 since the original lawsuit was filed. Consumers who are part of the lawsuit reported losses ranging from $10 to $231 and totaling $47,160.

Tippecanoe Waste Removal posted a message on its website in January stating the company shut down and claimed all of its accounts would be transferred to a separate company known as Waste Management. The website also stated the new company would honor payments already made to TWR, but Waste Management did not acquire the accounts.

The company is accused of violating the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act and the state seeks a permanent injunction, consumer restitution, civil penalties and investigative costs.

Consumers who made payments to TWR, but did not receive services can still file complaints with the Attorney General’s Office by visiting www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516 to request a complaint form be mailed or faxed to them.

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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: erin.reece@atg.in.gov
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