Peabody Business Owner Indicted in Connection with Allegedly Collecting Over $28,000 in Fraudulent Insurance Claims
Robert Giller, age 52, of Swampscott, was charged with Insurance Fraud (20 counts), Larceny Over $250 by False Pretence (18 counts), and Attempted Larceny (2 counts).
"We allege that Mr. Giller repeatedly committed insurance fraud by falsely reporting work done to vehicles and collecting money paid on the claims," said AG Coakley. "The prosecution of insurance fraud is important as such crimes can lead to higher premiums for consumers."
Authorities allege that from January 2006 through December 2009, Giller perpetrated a scheme in which he made false statements on invoices and other records that he submitted to insurers to collect payments for work that was not performed on motor vehicles. The Attorney General's Office began an investigation after Giller's alleged activities were initially investigated and referred by the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts (IFB).
According to authorities, Giller is the owner and President of Advanced Automotive Concepts, Inc. (Advanced Automotive) in Peabody and serves as the Treasurer of New England Glass Company, Inc. (New England Glass), the on location glass repair wing of Advanced Automotive. Employees at Advanced Automotive and New England Glass perform work on motor vehicles, which includes glass repairs and replacement, sunroof repairs, the installation of sunroofs, and other automotive repairs and installations.
According to authorities, Giller created and submitted fraudulent invoices and other records to insurers for work that Giller falsely claimed was performed on customers' motor vehicles. The insurers then reimbursed Giller's businesses for the work that was allegedly performed.
An Essex County Grand Jury returned indictments against Giller late yesterday. Giller is scheduled to be arraigned on January 12, 2011, in Essex Superior Court.
AG Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division works to protect consumers and the integrity of the insurance system by investigating and prosecuting those who commit fraud against all types of insurers, including the Commonwealth's unemployment insurance and workers' compensation system. The prosecution of insurance fraud helps prevent the increase in premiums and taxes that are the result of fraudulent insurance claims. To date in 2010, the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division has obtained over $800,000 in restitution orders in 30 matters.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Brendan O'Shea of AG Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division. The Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts assisted in the case.