Body Shop Owner’s Own Surveillance System Drives Home Insurance Fraud Conviction in MA
We typically encourage businesses and homeowners to install surveillance systems for their own protection; but not for this.
According to WCVB5 ABC, Adam Haddad, a Massachusetts body shop owner, pleaded guilty late last month to a slew of charges, including insurance fraud, after his own surveillance video revealed him inflicting extra damage to customers’ vehicles with sledgehammers, mallets, wood, etc. to collect higher insurance payouts.
The articles states, “Investigators seized the video after obtaining a search warrant for one of Haddad's auto body shops, ADH Collision in Everett, in 2018. After seeing the damage he was inflicting on vehicles, they went to seize the video in his other shop, Accurate Collision, Inc., of Worcester, but found that the video was gone.”
The prosecuting agencies including State Attorney General, Maura Healey’s Office, as well as the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, indicated that Haddad had stolen over $170,000 from 11 insurance companies. Not only did he defraud insurance companies, but his customers by performing poor work and charging excessive storage fees.
Haddad was originally appeared in court in 2018, pled guilty last month to insurance fraud and related charges, and according to WCVB5 ABC, has been sentenced to serve “six months of a two-and-a-half-year term. He’ll be able to serve that alongside an eight-month federal sentence for charges related to a payroll tax scheme he pled guilty to earlier this year.”
See the shocking video here.