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Restitution agreed to in plowing-services case

A Fort Wayne company has agreed to make restitution to 17 customers who prepaid a combined $3,649 for plowing services but complained that all they got in return was a snow job.

Local businessman Brian Thornton reached the settlement with Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office, Indiana officials announced today.

Thornton was doing business as Fort Wayne Snow Removal Corp., 215 Snow Removal Corp. and 317 Snow Removal Corp.

The area code for Philadelphia is 215, and the area code for Indianapolis is 317. In November 2012, Thornton announced his company had expanded to Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit and nine other cities.

“As part of the agreement, the defendants do not intend to provide snow removal services and will fully refund for services not provided within 60 days,” the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

The company has also agreed not to do business in Indiana. Thornton couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.

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