For Immediate Release - August 24, 2011

Dorchester Man Convicted, Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

Man Also Pleads Guilty to Operating Illegal Car Rental Scheme

BOSTON - A Dorchester man has been sentenced after being convicted for illegal firearms possession and pleading guilty to operating an illegal car rental operation, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted George Quinn, age 72, on the charges of Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card (3 counts), and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Quinn then pled guilty to the charges of Motor Vehicle Insurance Fraud (13 counts), Larceny over $250 (4 counts). After the guilty plea, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Donovan sentenced Quinn to serve two years in the House of Correction, with the sentence suspended for a supervised probationary period of one year on the firearms charges. Quinn was also ordered to serve a concurrent sentence of four years probation on the remaining charges.

Quinn's activities were discovered as the result of a joint-investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Office and the Boston Police Department that began in September 2008. Quinn operated an illegal car rental operation from his residence in Dorchester, using numerous vehicles that he privately owned. Investigators discovered that in February 2008, Quinn obtained motor vehicle insurance policies with AMICA Mutual Insurance Company (AMICA). Quinn told AMICA that he was a "collector" of cars and that he was not running a car rental business. Quinn's misrepresentation allowed him to receive personal, as opposed to commercial, motor vehicle insurance policies, allowing him to pay a much lower insurance premium. AMICA does not write commercial motor vehicle insurance policies.

Investigators from both the Attorney General's Office and the Boston Police Department discovered that on various dates between February 2008 through November 2008, Quinn illegally rented his vehicles, many times to drivers who were unlicensed. Investigators discovered that during this time period the rented vehicles were involved in numerous motor vehicle accidents that resulted in property damage and sometimes personal injury. Amica made payments to Quinn as a result of insurance claims filed on three accidents involving on his vehicles.

In November 2008, the Boston Police Department executed a search warrant at Quinn's Dorchester residence and discovered several firearms as well as ammunition. Investigators discovered at that time that Quinn did not possess a valid Firearms Identification Card.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Quinn on March 30, 2009. On April 16, 2009, he was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court where he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on $1,500 bail. After his conviction of the gun and ammunition possession charges, Quinn pled guilty to the remaining counts of insurance fraud and larceny.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Joshua Pakstis and was investigated by Rose Bagalawis, both of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division, with Kathy Morrissey as the Victim/Witness Advocate. Sergeant John Ford of the Boston Police Department also investigated and assisted in this case.