Towing company fires employee after gouging accusations

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APK Towing, the towing company at the center of an investigation into post-Sandy price gouging in Seaside Heights, N.J., reportedly fired at least one of its employees.

Police raided the business office last week amid allegations of billing errors made after towing boats and cars for victims of Hurricane Sandy, taking away a computer hard drive as evidence, according to news reports.

APK attorney Steven Secare told the Examiner Saturday that the Toms River-based company has terminated the employee "responsible for billing during the storm."

An APK towing bill issued to one Seaside Heights car owner was reportedly printed on letterhead that read "Ocean County Office of Emergency Management," the newspaper reported.

“[That title] should not have been on the paperwork. They hired someone who created it under that name and that person was dismissed," Secare told the Asbury Park Press.

Dozens of evacuated Seaside Heights residents allege that APK, formerly City Wide Towing, towed their cars and boats and is now attempting to charge them between $900 and $3,800 to get them back. Some vehicle owners tell their cars or boats were improperly dragged right out of their driveways.

An exclusive post-Sandy contract with Seaside Heights reportedly only gave APK authorization to tow cars on the street that were impeding cleanup efforts in Seaside Heights.

In the wake of intense media coverage and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office investigation APK has reportedly agreed to issue refunds to those who've overpaid and charge a flat rate of $250 for all vehicles towed after Hurricane Sandy.

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