Prosecutors say he terrorized Houston drivers for decades. Tonight, a Houston tow truck driver at the center of a Local 2 Investigation is headed to prison.
A Harris County jury sentenced Michael Raitano to 18 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. We first told you about Raitano and his lengthy history of illegally towing cars back in 2005.
In 2006, we showed you how Raitano refused to repay drivers towing and storage fees even when a Judge ruled he illegally towed their vehicles. Here’s our story: http://www.click2houston.com/news/9504562/detail.html
Russell Turbeville, the head of the Consumer Fraud Division at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case. Turbeville told me Raitano was actually found guilty of theft of more than $200,000- the cost of the vehicles he wrongfully towed just from early 2006 through June 2007.
Unfortunately, Turbeville said he doesn’t expect to see a dime from Raitano. If he does pay anything , the money won’t go to the drivers owed money. It will go to the “Roads, bridges and ferries” fund.