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Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:10

RI Police Charge Body Shop Owner with Three Felonies

The owner of a Pawtucket, RI, auto body shop at the center of a fraud investigation was arraigned May 21 on three felony counts.

Dino Coccia, owner of AmeriCar Sales and Collision Center at 626 Main St., is charged with obtaining money under false pretenses. A judge set bail at $5,000.

He’s accused of selling or renting the cars of customers who brought them in to be fixed.

Some customers say their cars are missing and that they may have been sold.

Police said complaints against AmeriCar include allegations that it rented customers’ cars to other drivers. Police are asking anyone with a car rental or a loaner car from the company or anyone who has purchased a car from the business within the past year and has any suspicion or question about the authenticity of the purchase to come forward.

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