Valley Towing Surrounded by the Police.
METHUEN, MA – Valley Towing has been surrounded by the State and Local Police, holding towing contracts with both Methuen and previously Lawrence Police for decades.
The managers of Valley Towing are, Trevor Lawrence, the son of MA State Police Trooper John Lawrence, and Joe Rubino, father of Methuen Police Parking Enforcement Officer, Jeff Rubino.
The owner of Valley Towing is Ron Parrino, who happens to be the Chairman of Methuen’s Licensing Board, working closely with Methuen Police on enforcement. His girlfriend is Karen Toto, former Lawrence Police Parking Enforcement Officer, and the sister of retired MA State Trooper John Toto. The business even belonged to a MA State Trooper in the 80’s.
Parrino was previously owner of Parrino’s Towing before being caught in an insurance fraud scheme in the 80’s by the Massachusetts Governor’s Auto Theft Strike Force and being forced to close, only to reopen in the name of a retired MA State Police Trooper, Ronald Bellanti. You can read more about that on our SCAM PAGE.
In January of 2018, the City of Lawrence removed Valley Towing from their on-call towing rotation. After a Fox 25 Boston News Investigation, Valley admitted to overcharging some of their customers and started issuing refunds.
The Mass DPU (Department of Public Utilities) is the regulating authority for involuntary towing companies. In the spring of 2018, they launched their own Audit of Valley Towing resulting in more overcharges and refunds. Valley entered into a Consent Order, agreeing not to overcharge, but since that time, more complaints have been filed with the DPU.
In August of 2018, Matt Kady from Haverhill, MA filed a Class-Action Lawsuit on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated. The lawsuit alleges a massive over-billing scheme involving Police Ordered Tows by Valley Towing.
There is a Motion to Dismiss filed by Valley and scheduled for a March 14, 2019 hearing in Lawrence Superior Court.
Do you think there will be any Police at the hearing?