The El Paso Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Investigations and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, conducted “Operation Paint Job.” The operation sting looked into body shops suspected of committing insurance fraud.
Ten employees have been arrested on suspicion of insurance fraud. The 22-month investigation revealed employees at some body shops were intentionally damaging vehicles to file insurance claims. In some instances accidents were staged.
In this episode of Fraud Files we focus on the owner and the manager of a body shop in Hialeah, Florida. They were arrested and charged with insurance fraud and grand theft following a three year investigation.
Today’s video segment shows how in the weeks and months after Katrina, NICB agents were finding vehicles damaged by floodwaters for sale from New York to California. These potential coffins on wheels were just waiting to be purchased by unsuspecting consumers.
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In this edition of Fraud Files we take a look at John Henricks III who used to operate a towing and body shop. He was convicted of insurance fraud for staging accidents and creating false work invoices to the tune of $1.3 million.
Henricks’ sentence was changed last month from 120 months to 151 months in federal prison because, according to the judge, he has willfully failed to make any effort to pay restitution to the victims.