A shop owner from Shrewsbury, Mass., has been indicted for his alleged role in an insurance fraud scheme. According to the Attorney General, Maura Healy, the automotive repair business owner intentionally damaged vehicles and stole $170,000.
Adam Haddad, the owner, was indicted last Thursday by a Statewide Grand Jury on several charges that included:
• 18 counts of motor vehicle insurance fraud;
• 15 counts of larceny by false pretenses over $1,200;
• 3 counts of attempted larceny; and
• 6 counts of malicious destruction of property.
According to the release, ADH and Accurate Collision Inc. were the two companies Haddad owns and where the multiple counts of fraud were committed. ADH Collision of Boston is located in Everett, Mass., and Accurate Collision Inc., is located in Worcester, Mass.
The investigation began in 2017, after a referral from the Insurance Fraud Bureau. The subsequent charges are the result of a joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office and the Everett Police Department.
The investigators said Haddad purposefully and regularly damaged customer’s vehicles in order to falsely inflate appraisal repair quotes, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
He then would make additional profits by keeping the insurance company’s check and not finishing the necessary repairs on the customers’ cars, according to the release. Hours of surveillance footage from one of Haddad’s business locations shows him using mallets, sledge hammersand pieces of wood to intentionally cause damage to five customers’ vehicles.
“[The Attorney General’s Office] alleges he stole more than $170,000 from 11 different insurance companies,” a portion of the release reads.