Florida AG Issues Subpoenas in Debris-Removal Investigation
Attorney General Pam Bondi today issued investigative subpoenas to three debris-removal companies in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The subpoenas are being issued pursuant to Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. They are part of an ongoing investigation.
“Sitting debris is a health and safety hazard and needs to be removed as soon as possible—but instead of doing their jobs and helping Floridians recover, apparently some contractors are delaying the work or requesting higher rates,” said Attorney General Bondi.
The office is reviewing contracts and gathering information relating to delays and potential price increases for debris removal by AshBritt, Inc. Two other companies, Ceres Environmental Services, Inc. and DRC Emergency Services Inc. have also been served with investigative subpoenas.
The subpoenas seek documents showing whether the contractors are indeed providing the services under the contract, the estimated time for completion of debris removal, what rates are being charged, and whether these rates have been increased. Also included in the subpoenas are requests for information relating to subcontractors.
In addition to the subpoenas issued today, the office will continue to review contracts and gather more information from other contractors and local officials.
Indian River and St Lucie County hired Ashbritt. Martin County hired DRC Emergency Services Inc.
To view Ashbritt’s subpoena, click here.