A customer of an auto repair shop in Colonie, NY, stole his own Jeep from the shop. The Jeep had been in for service after being in an accident. The owner of the Jeep cashed the $3,700 insurance check instead of paying the repair shop for their work. He then reported the Jeep stolen and filed a $22,000 insurance claim.
Below is the article as it appeared on the WRGB-TV Channel 6 website.
State: Man faked car theft, filed for insurance and never paid repair bill
January 14, 2011 11:34 AM
COLONIE — A Clifton Park man has been arrested for faking a car theft and trying to collect the insurance, according to the New York State Insurance Department.
Investigators said Matthew Carpenter, 38, took his Jeep from a Colonie repair shop following an accident without the shop knowing. He parked the car at the airport, but reported it stolen and filed for $22,000 in theft insurance.
He never paid the shop $3,700 for the repairs, investigators said, instead cashing the repair insurance check.
To read the entire article, visit the WRGB-TV Channel 6 website at http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/insurance-1281962-theft-shop.html.