Seven individuals were arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with allegations of fraud, conspiracy, extortion, and one case of assault with a weapon at Laval towing company, Accès Remorquage.
Police suspect the company was preying on vulnerable citizens, including the elderly and those who are sick, by towing from parking lots of medical centres.
Inspector André Durocher with the Montreal police explained that the investigation began last fall when citizens filed complaints about being forced to pay cash or give a credit card number to be told where their vehicle was located, which Durocher says is “absolutely illegal.”
In some cases, he said, the company is alleged to have charged individuals more than they were allowed to charge.
The police had issued 13 arrest warrants and seized seven tow trucks. Search warrants were also executed in one residence, in addition to the towing company’s offices.
Durocher said that they expect more arrests as the search continues Tuesday.