Fort Drum Storage Ordered To Stop Doing Business
Fort Drum Storage is under orders to stop doing business.
The state Office of the Attorney General has filed a cease & desist notice with the owners of the vehicle storage business, which caters to Fort Drum soldiers.
The AG's office intends to begin proceedings against the company for violations of New York's General Business Law as well as several other violations.
Fort Drum Storage has been the subject of an investigation by the AG's office since customers claimed the company illegally moved stored vehicles without permission.
Customers also claimed the company failed to properly maintain stored vehicles, despite its contractual obligations.
The AG's office has been working with Fort Drum officials to find all soldiers who stored vehicles with the company as well as return the vehicles.
The notice says Fort Drum Storage must immediately stop illegally collecting fees from surrendered vehicles.
The company must also stop:
- deceptive acts
- false advertising
- failing to pay wages
- illegal copying of military identification cards
The AG's office intends to seek a restraining order, civil penalties and costs in the case.
Fort Drum Storage has five business days to appeal the AG's decision.
According to the AG's office, 73 soldiers have been reunited with their vehicles.
The office is still trying to find the owners of 100 other vehicles.
The Attorney General asks anyone who has a complaint against Fort Drum Vehicle Storage or stores a vehicle with the company to contact the Watertown office at 315-785-2444.