Bay Area auto body shop owner sentenced for insurance fraud
News: 2014 Press Release
VALLEJO, Calif. - Armand Eulano, 45, of Vallejo was sentenced to formal probation, 30-day home detention, and ordered to pay restitution of $40,000 after pleading no contest to three felony counts of automobile insurance fraud. Eulano formerly co-owned and operated G Collision, an auto body repair shop in Vallejo. Eulano committed insurance fraud by billing insurers for work he did not perform by cutting corners on body work and repairing parts instead of replacing them as agreed with the insurer. Eulano received payment from Farmers Insurance for the higher cost new parts and paint.
"We all pay for insurance fraud through higher premiums when insurers pass along the losses to consumers," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "We will continue to do all we can to bring to justice those who rip off insurance companies."
The investigation began after Farmers Insurance re-inspected multiple vehicles repaired at G Collision and found some of the vehicles had only been patched and painted, despite Eulano's claim that he replaced it with a new part. Discovery of the alleged fraud led insurance company investigators to conduct random re-inspections of 11 other vehicles. Investigators discovered similar issues on all 11 vehicles and referred the case to the Department of Insurance for further investigation.
This case was prosecuted by the Solano County District Attorney's Office. Eulano was charged with committing insurance fraud and grand theft.
- Sentenced on July 10, 2014 by the Solano County District Attorney's Office.
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