Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a restraining order against a company that was misrepresenting itself to Joplin residents. Koster says Northland towing company was towing vehicles that were damaged in the May 22nd tornado without permission or after lying and telling people their insurance company had sent them.
Koster says they were towing the cars into Kansas and then charging people for a tow they may not have ordered. Northland Towing operates out of Parkville Missouri, but they were sending trucks to the disaster area. He says he will be seeking damages against the company as soon as he can assess how much the damage is.
Koster says this is part of a larger pattern of companies and people taking advantage of those in crisis. He says to expect to hear about at least two more lawsuits this week dealing with the same type of fraud. He says his office has gotten more than 240 complaints about unethical business practices so far.