Massachusetts Auto Glass Shop Representative Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud
January 3, 2012

Robert Giller, the owner and president of Advanced Automotive Concepts Inc. and treasurer of New England Glass, both of which are based in Peabody, Mass., has pleaded guilty to collecting $28,827.02 in fraudulent insurance claims for work performed at both companies, according to information from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office.

"Giller, unbeknownst to customers and insurers, created and submitted fraudulent invoices and other records to insurers to make it appear that Giller's businesses were owed money for work that was not really performed," writes Brendan O'Shea, assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts, in the complaint filed against Giller in a Massachusetts Superior Court. "In some instances, work was performed on customers' motor vehicles, but not in the amounts that Giller claimed, and not for work that the insurers would have agreed to paid for. In other instances, no work was performed at all on the motor vehicles that Giller submitted claims to insurers for."

The invoices on which the case is based were submitted between January 2006 and December 2009, according to court documents. O'Shea further claims that in two instances the insurers denied the claims made in Giller's allegedly fraudulent invoices.

Officials in the Attorney General's office officials say they began an investigation into the businesses after an initial investigation by the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts (IFB).

"IFB came to investigate it initially, I believe, because an insurer flagged a claim as being suspicious and notified the IFB," says Melissa Karpinsky, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts attorney general's office. "The IFB and our office investigated further and found thatGiller was billing for work that was never performed."

Giller pleaded guilty to 20 counts of insurance fraud; 18 counts of larceny over $250 by false pretense; and two counts of attempted larceny. He has been sentenced to nine months' probation and to pay restitution of $37,188.

The insurers involved in the case have not been identified.

At press time, Giller had not responded to a request for comment on the case.

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