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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:22

Guilty Plea for NV Body Shop Accused of Fraudulent Practices

Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced on August 17 that A Plus Auto Body, Inc., a Las Vegas auto body shop, pleaded guilty to one count of multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit in the course of an enterprise or occupation, a category “B” felony.

The fraud was committed between September 2011 and September 2012.

A Plus Auto Body agreed with Farmers Insurance to make specified repairs to damaged automobiles, but then failed to make the agreed upon repairs or made repairs that deviated from the pre-arranged estimates. As a result of these fraudulent practices, Farmers Insurance overpaid A Plus Auto Body thousands of dollars for their services and suffered additional monetary losses when several automobiles needed to be reworked.

“Insurance fraud costs everyone money when losses are passed on to consumers in the form of higher rates,” said Laxalt. “My office will continue to be vigilant in collaborating with other agencies to investigate and prosecute those who seek to swindle insurance companies and our taxpayers.”

Hakop Bebekyan, the officer and director of the company, and Yerdjzanik Nick Manukyan, the shop manager, each pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor conspiracy charge. A Plus Auto Body has agreed to repay over $50,000 to Farmers Insurance and to pay a $5,000 fine to the Eighth Judicial District Court. The sentencing hearings for A Plus Auto Body, Bebekyan and Manukyan are scheduled for October 19, 2016 in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

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