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Driving school owner leaves instructors, students stuck in neutral
AURORA, Ind. (Adam Clements) -- Marissa Probst has been looking forward to getting her drivers license for a long time. She worked hard and saved a lot of money to take the required classes.
She paid $400 for her lessons. There was just one problem.
"I haven't finished my driving time with her," said Marissa. "I scheduled it, I called her multiple times to try to schedule it and she wouldn't answer it."
Driving instructor Paul Dicken would have been happy to help Marissa complete her six hours of in-car training, but he was running into a similar problem.
"About three or four months into this, I sensed something was wrong," said Dicken. "I have had no contact with her since last March. She has not called me, text me, said anything, saying Paul, I'm going to make this good."
Both Paul and Marissa have a bone to pick with Kim Cleeter, owner of KC Driving in Aurora. They aren't alone.
Sergeant Mike Prudenti of the Aurora Police Department said, "Ok, so these are the complaints. This is the Aurora Police Department report at this point, which documents about fifty complaints. Most of them are stating that they paid for a service and had not had the services rendered yet."
I spoke with Cleeter, but her attorney advised her not to be recorded. She told me she followed the proper procedures to renew her license and it was the BMV that screwed up.
She communicated with police that there was some sort of snafu, just a tie up with the paperwork and she'll get her license back. The Aurora Police Department communicated with the BMV and they say that's not the case.
Sergeant Prudenti said, "As of June 30th of this year, she's actually unlicensed in the state of Indiana."
Cleeter said she still intends to make things right with her students and employees no matter what it takes.
Paul Dicken said, "Pay them the money back, or do something to make it better for these students."
So what's next for Marissa? Will she have to restart this whole process?
"I hope not," said Marissa.
This isn't the first time something like this has happened in Aurora. In july of 2012 the owner of a plus driving school left dozens of students with incomplete courses when he skipped town with their money. Kim Cleeter, who owes an estimated $20,000 to students and employees, said she's not going anywhere and fully intends to make things right.
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