Friday, 21 March 2014 13:47

Detroit Body Shop Raided in Suspected Theft and Fraud Ring, Numerous Cars Impounded

A multi-jurisdictional task force conducted raids in Wayne and Oakland counties on the morning of February 28, 2014, on suspicion of a theft and fraud ring involving automobiles.

The investigation reportedly stemmed from a stolen automobile that lead investigators to raid the Somerset Collision Shop in Detroit, MI, according to reports in the Detroit News.

“The raids were conducted with auto theft teams from Highland Park and Hazel Park in conjunction with the Action Auto Theft squad and a number of other assisting agencies,” said the Hamtramck Police Department in a press release.

“The raids were successful with multiple arrests and the recovery of stolen property. Somerset Collision in Detroit was the primary focus of the raids.”

This isn’t the first time Somerset has been raided by authorities, according to the Detroit News writer Tom Greenwood.

In March 2007, the office of the Michigan Attorney General announced the arrests of three individuals in connection with a Detroit-based organized crime operation that allegedly stole millions of dollars in insurance fraud.

The arrests came after authorities raided three Detroit-area body shops that were all owned by the same family. Among the body shops raided in 2007 were the Somerset Auto Body Shop in Detroit.

Other businesses owned by the family were Bojax Auto Collision, Dynamic Collision, the Collision Connection, Ultimate Collision, and Foreign and Domestic Collision.

According to the Attorney General, in 2007 the businesses were owned, operated, and managed by an Orchard Lake man and his mother and brother, both of whom lived in West Bloomfield, MI.

The defendants all received probation.

The Attorney General office was unable to confirm or deny that the same family still owned the Somerset Collision Shop or were involved in the recent raid.