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Rafting company owner in North Creek faces additional charges

A guide from the Hudson River Rafting Company takes clients down the Hudson River in North River May 5, 2012 during the White Water Derby.

A guide from the Hudson River Rafting Company takes clients down the Hudson River in North River May 5, 2012 during the White Water Derby. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Schneiderman alleges that the company and its owner practiced “fraudulent, deceptive, and illegal conduct with their business providing guided river excursions on various New York rivers.” Schneiderman is trying to recover restitution and damages for consumers victimized by the respondents’ alleged practices and to recover penalties and costs.

The attorney general charges that the company has broken the law for:

•repeatedly not providing licensed guides on rafting excursions;

•persistent false advertising;

•repeatedly having employees drive customers on the company’s bus from North Creek to Indian Lake without valid drivers’ licenses for operating a bus;

•and statutory fraud by “misrepresenting the services they provide.”

The alleged violations have included providing guides with no licenses or, in some cases, providing no guides at all. Moreover, the attorney general takes issue with the company’s advertisements stating that they provide “safe” guided river rafting excursions.

When contacted by this newspaper, Cunningham said he had “zero” comments regarding the attorney general’s petition or the court order.

(Assistant Managing Editor Andy Flynn contributed to this story.)

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