Massachusetts Business Owner Pleads Guilty to $28K Insurance Fraud

December 29, 2011

A Peabody. Massachusetts, business owner pleaded guilty yesterday and was sentenced in connection with collecting over $28,000 in fraudulent insurance claims for work performed at his auto and glass companies.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said Robert Giller, age 53, pleaded guilty to insurance fraud (20 counts), larceny over $250 by false pretence (18 counts), and attempted larceny (2 counts). After the plea was entered, Judge David Lowy sentenced him to serve nine months of probation and to pay restitution, which he paid at Wednesday’s hearing.

Giller is the owner and president of Advanced Automotive Concepts in Peabody and also serves as the treasurer of New England Glass Company.

The attorney general’s office says that from 2006 through 2009, Giller created and submitted fraudulent invoices and other records to insurers for work that Giller falsely claimed was performed on customers’ motor vehicles. The insurers then reimbursed Giller’s businesses.

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

In 2011, the attorney general’s insurance and unemployment fraud division obtained more than $5.5 million in restitution orders in 33 matters.

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