Haddad, 42, is a licensed automotive appraiser who owns two auto repair shops, ADH Collision of Boston in Everett, MA, and Accurate Collision Inc. at 1051 Millbury St.
He was indicted by a statewide grand jury March 28 after a two-year investigation led by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. He is charged with 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).
He was first arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on April 16. A spokesman for the attorney general’s office said he was arraigned again in the Woburn court after Accurate Collision was added to the charges. The first pretrial conference is scheduled for June 25.
The attorney general’s office began investigating Haddad in 2017 after a referral from the state Insurance Fraud Bureau. Investigators found that several vehicle owners and 18 insurance companies had allegedly fallen victim to Haddad’s longtime complex motor vehicle fraud scheme, in which he used mallets and hammers to cause more damage to vehicles he was to repair in order to steal or try to steal $170,000 in fraudulent insurance claims.
There have been “many” additional complaints filed since the indictment was made public on April 1, according to the attorney general’s office.
“Mr. Haddad did this to mislead the insurance appraisers into writing higher, and unnecessary, insurance repair estimates. In addition, after receiving payment from insurance companies on these appraisals, Mr. Haddad returned cars to customers with missing or broken parts, labor, bodywork, and/or paint services not completed,” the attorney general said in a written statement.
On Aug. 9, police with a warrant searched the Everett repair shop and confiscated the shop’s internal video surveillance footage.
The footage allegedly shows Haddad enter the shop in the early morning hours of July 31 and use mallets, sledgehammers and a piece of wood to damage four identified customers’ vehicles.
Haddad has denied the charges.