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A not-so-bang-up job on auto repairs

Posted On: Jun. 24, 2021 10:19 AM CST

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A Massachusetts auto body shop owner’s own surveillance cameras helped investigators piece together an insurance fraud scheme where the owner used sledgehammers and mallets to further damage customers’ vehicles to up the insurance costs to repair.

Adam Haddad, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 18 counts of insurance fraud, 15 counts of larceny by false pretenses, six counts of malicious destruction of property and three counts of attempted larceny, according to The Associated Press.

Haddad, who owned shops in Worcester and Everett, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail, with six months to serve and the remainder suspended with probation. He was also ordered to pay $170,000 in restitution.