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Hank investigates: MA attorney general seeks driving school refunds – Boston News, Weather, Sports

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. (WHDH) – Parents have paid a North Andover company to teach their children to drive. But after a shocking drug bust, the driving school was shut down. Now the mass attorney general’s office is trying to get the money back from those parents. Hank investigates.

When Salima paid for driving lessons, she expected her two sons to learn to drive.

She didn’t expect the owner of the driving school to be arrested for drug trafficking and the school to be closed.

“It makes me very angry to know that this is a man teaching my son to drive,” Salima said.

This is what police say they seized inside Michael Larocque’s North Andover driving school and his home in Lawrence last fall, nearly three pounds of methamphetamine, pills, paraphernalia drug use and $12,000 in cash.

“I was very shocked. I mean, during the Zoom call he seemed like a very, very nice guy,” Yasser said.

Yasser and his brother, Elias, took driving lessons at North Andover Auto School, LLC.

Their mother paid $750 for each of them.

After the drug bust, the RMV revoked the school’s license. Classes immediately ceased.

Yasser and Elias did not complete their courses and their mother was not reimbursed.

“I asked for my money back. I emailed and said I needed my money so I could enroll my kids in another driving school. And I didn’t get an answer,” Salima said.

The Massachusetts attorney general said the school closure has put the brakes on more than 1,500 learner drivers.

And 7 investigators can report exclusively that the AG has just filed this complaint demanding that these students be reimbursed for their money.

“If they couldn’t get their license because that place closed and they didn’t get what they paid for, they’re entitled to a refund,” the Massachusetts attorney general said. Maura Healey.

The driving school had $50,000 in a special account required by the state to make refunds.

But the AG’s office estimates the families actually lost twenty times that – more than $1 million.

The lawsuit asks the court to freeze Larocque’s assets as well as his business assets to ensure there is enough money to reimburse the students.

“We believe the way this company handled things was wrong, illegal, misleading and unfair,” Healey said.

The driving school had locations in North Andover and Haverhill. Haverhill School was known as MV Auto School.

The company has also been contracted to teach driver education at North Andover Secondary School and Greater Lawrence Technical School.

“Do you think everyone who has been harmed by this knows that?” Hank asked.

“A lot of people may have just assumed, ‘Oh, well, I paid that money. He has closed. I guess I’m unlucky.

Pity. It’s awful. What they don’t know and what I want them to know is that we’re here to help you,” Healey said.

As the AG battles for refunds, Yasser is happy to have his license now, but upset that he had to pay so much to get it.

“I was very frustrated and angry,” Yasser said.

“It’s very upsetting to have to pay for something I didn’t get,” Salima said.

We contacted Larocque and his attorney after the complaint was filed, but got no response.

And we have learned that the RMV has sent letters and refund request forms to students they know are affected.

If you have submitted a claim form to the RMV for tuition reimbursement, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office will be aware of your case. If you have not received an RMV Claim Form or have not submitted one, contact the AG office immediately by calling 617-727-8400

Or file a complaint using this link.

The RMV will handle the processing of the $50,000 bond. If students receive bail money that is separate from full refunds, the Attorney General’s trial is requested.

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