The former owner of a Vallejo auto body shop was sentenced this month for automobile insurance fraud, the California Department of Insurance said July 30.
Armand Eulano, 45, former owner and operator of G Collision in Vallejo, was convicted in Solano County Superior Court after pleading no contest to three felony counts of insurance fraud, CDI said. Eulano billed Farmers Insurance for work he did not perform by cutting corners on bodywork and repairing parts instead of replacing them as agreed by the insurer, according to CDI.
The fraud came to light when Farmers Insurance did a random re-inspection of 11 vehicles that had been repaired at Eulano’s body shop, according to CDI spokeswoman, Madison Voss.
The Farmers Insurance inspection disclosed some of the vehicles had only been patched and painted despite Eulano’s claim he replaced the damage with a new part.
Eulano received payment for the higher repair cost, the Department of Insurance said. The fraudulent billing happened between late 2009 and August 2010, Voss said. Eulano was sentenced to probation and 30-day home detention and was ordered to pay $40,000 restitution, CDI said.