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Media Contact for Holbrook Man Found Guilty, Sentenced to Jail for Luxury Car Insurance Scheme That Netted More Than $300,000
DEDHAM — A Holbrook man has been found guilty and sentenced to two and a half years in the Norfolk House of Correction for damaging luxury cars bought under false pretenses in order to collect insurance proceeds, Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell announced today.
Dion Augustin, 26, pleaded guilty in March 2023 in Norfolk Superior Court to Larceny Over $250 By False Pretenses (7 counts) and Motor Vehicle Insurance Fraud (8 counts). Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins sentenced Augustin to two and a half years in the Norfolk House of Correction, followed by two years of probation. While on probation, Augustin will be prohibited from contacting any witnesses and from purchasing or selling automobiles through any means in his name or someone else’s name. Augustin will also pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a later hearing.
In July 2020, Augustin was indicted by a State-Wide Grand Jury on seven (7) counts of Larceny and eight (8) counts of Motor Vehicle Insurance Fraud for a fraud scheme that he perpetrated between August 2016 and May 2017. The indictments alleged that Augustin applied for, and obtained, motor vehicle loans for luxury vehicles—including a Bentley, a Maserati, and two Fisker Karmas—by misrepresenting the creditworthiness of himself and several “straw” purchasers. After securing insurance on the luxury vehicles, Augustin then deliberately staged motor vehicle collisions to cause the insurance carrier to declare a total loss and reported the collision to the police and insurance company as accidental.
Augustin stole over $136,000 from lenders and caused over $201,000.00 in loss to the insurance carriers. The defendant used the public ways of the Commonwealth to stage the collisions and wasted the police recourses of Boston, Milton, Avon, Waltham, the State Police, and Emergency Medical Services to perpetrate the scheme.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Brad Tully, Naiara Souto and Eric Haskell, Senior Investigator Lashauna Craig and Division Chief Geoffrey Wood of the AG’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division, Analyst Justin Hunt and Lab Director Chris Kelly of the AG’s Digital Evidence Laboratory, and Victim Witness Advocate Lia Panetta. The AG’s Office began its investigation after a referral from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. Insurance Fraud Bureau investigators and Massachusetts State Police provided invaluable assistance to the investigation.