For Immediate Release - January 14, 2011

Peabody Business Owner Arraigned in Connection with Allegedly Collecting Over $28,000 in Fraudulent Insurance Claims

SALEM - A Peabody business owner has been arraigned in connection with collecting over $28,000 in fraudulent insurance claims for work allegedly performed at his automotive and glass companies, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

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).

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 on December 29, 2010. Giller was arraigned today in Essex Superior Court at which time he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Giller is due back in court on February 22, 2011, for a pre-trial conference. Superior Court Judge John Lu presided over today's arraignment.

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. In 2010, the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division 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 IFB assisted in the case.