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Peabody business owner sentenced in insurance fraud case

Posted by Justin Rice  December 29, 2011 10:56 AM

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A Peabody business owner pleaded guilty and was sentenced in connection with an insurance fraud case yesterday, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Robert Giller, 53, of Swampscott, collected more than  $28,000 in fraudulent insurance claims for work performed at his automotive and glass companies.

He pleaded guilty to 20 counts of insurance fraud, larceny more than $250 by false pretense (18 counts) and attempted larceny (two counts).  Judge David Lowy sentenced Giller to serve 9 months of probation and to pay restitution, which Giller paid at yesterday’s hearing.

The owner and president of Advanced Automotive Concepts, Inc. in Peabody who also serves as the Treasurer of New England Glass Company, Inc. made false statements on invoices and other records from January 2006 to December 2009, according to the AG's office. He submitted those records to insurers to collect payments for work that was not performed on motor vehicles. 

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.  

Coakley began an investigation after Giller’s activities were initially investigated and referred by the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts.

Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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