Mike Perleberg-Eagle 99.3
(Aurora, Ind.) - A local driving school which may be taking money for a driver education certificate it can't provide is under investigation by the state.
Eagle 99.3 told you first on Monday about A+ Auto Driving School in Aurora no longer being licensed to teach driving classes. The business’ teaching license through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles expired June 30, although many drivers continued to attend classes there since.
The BMV said teenagers and others who have taken training courses at A+ Auto Driving School prior to July 8 will have their driver education certificates recognized, although they must still pass a drive test through the bureau.
Students who hadn’t completed their training by July 8 may be out of luck, however, as the BMV won’t recognize the training received due to the school’s lack of the proper teaching license.
The revelation has not sat well with parents who fear the $400 they’ve paid for their teens’ driver education may be all for nothing. In a statement issued Wednesday, Aurora City Attorney Jeff Stratman said the Aurora Police Department has received numerous complaints regarding A+ Driving School.
“The nature of those complaints involve a question of whether the business is properly licensed by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to conduct an auto driving school, and the potential for consumer fraud related to the business’s license,” Stratman said.
Aurora Police conducted some initial investigation. After conferring with the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office and the Attorney General’s office, it has been determined that the formal investigation will be handled by the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Division.
As of now, the investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.
If they have one, A+ customers can file a formal complaint with the Attorney General at www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling (800) 382-5516.
At least three former employees of A-Plus are also suing the owner, Gary Baxter, for unpaid wages. Jerri Wuest said she has not been paid since January.