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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 17:02

Worcester, MA, Body Shop Owner Indicted for Motor Vehicle Fraud, Stealing $170k

Written by Patrick Sargent, This Week in Worcester

The owner of a Worcester, MA, auto body shop was indicted March 28 in connection with a motor vehicle fraud scheme in which he damaged vehicles and stole $170,000.

 

According to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Adam Haddad, 42, of Shrewsbury was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury on the charges of Motor Vehicle Insurance Fraud (18 counts), Larceny by False Pretenses Over $1,200 (15 counts), Attempted Larceny (three counts), and Malicious Destruction of Property (six counts).

 

Haddad owns Accurate Collision, Inc. on Millbury St. in Worcester. Accurate Collision was indicted on the charges of Motor Vehicle Insurance Fraud (eight counts) and Larceny by False Pretenses Over $1,200 (seven counts).

 

ADH Collison of Boston Inc. in Everett, also owned by Haddad, was indicted on charges of Motor Vehicle Insurance Fraud (10 counts) and Larceny by False Pretenses Over $1,200 (eight counts).

 

The defendants will be arraigned in Middlesex County and Worcester County at later dates.

 

The AG’s Office began its investigation in 2017 after a referral from the Insurance Fraud Bureau. These charges are the result of a joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and the Everett Police Department.

 

The AG’s investigation revealed that over the past four years, Haddad regularly enhanced damage and caused new damage to customers’ vehicles in order to falsely inflate appraisal repair quotes for labor, paint and parts reimbursement requests. Haddad would then make an additional profit by pocketing the insurance company’s check and not completing the necessary repairs on the customers’ cars.

 

Surveillance footage from one of Haddad’s business locations shows him using mallets, sledge hammers and pieces of wood to intentionally damage five customers’ vehicles.

 

In total, the AG’s Office alleges that he stole more than $170,000 from 11 different insurance companies.

 

We thank This Week in Worcester for reprint permission.

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