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Coakley Sues Defunct Waltham Driving School

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The now-defunct Cam's Auto School in Waltham.

The now-defunct Cam’s Auto School in Waltham.

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BOSTON (AP) — The state is suing a defunct Waltham driving school, charging that it continued to sign up prospective students even when it knew it was about to close.

Attorney General Martha Coakley says her office is seeking restitution for 537 people who paid for but never received driver’s education from Cam’s Auto School, which shut its doors in March.

In the lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Coakley alleges Cam’s and owner Frederick Lovely had been planning for months to close due to financial problems but continued to enroll students, even offering a $175 discount on the $575 tuition to those who paid by cash or check.

Coakley says the school also had contracts with five local school districts and continued to collect fees from those communities.

A message left with Lovely was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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