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D.A. Sues Plumber Over $10,500 Bill to Fix Toilet

January 02, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

San Joaquin County prosecutors sued a plumbing company that charged an 83-year-old woman $10,500 after she called to have a clogged toilet fixed.

Dist. Atty. John Phillips filed the $2-million civil suit Monday. It contends that Drain Patrol committed grand theft and elder abuse and violated other business code sections.

Drain Patrol's attorney, David Rishwain, said the suit was based on interviews with former employees and complaints against the company.

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