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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 22:34

RI body shop owner charged in fraudulent used car scheme

After an investigation by the Pawtucket Police Department, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has announced that his office has charged Dino Coccia, 42, owner and operator of Americar Sales and Collision Center at 626 Main St. in Pawtucket, RI, with 23 counts of obtaining money under false pretense more than $500, 20 counts of unlawful appropriation more than $1,000, six counts of uttering bad checks totaling $19,700, and one count of attempted larceny more than $500.

The state alleges that Coccia took deposits for motor vehicles he was not the lawful owner of and had no authority to sell. The state further alleges that when pressured by some of the individuals for the return of their deposits, Coccia wrote checks on a closed account. The alleged events took place on multiple dates on or between February of 2011 and April of 2012. The charges represent 25 unique victims.

Coccia was originally arrested by the Pawtucket Police on May 21 and charged with four counts of obtaining money under false pretenses more than $500. He was released on $5,000 surety bail. A pre-arraignment conference is scheduled for Aug. 27 in Providence District Court.

The Pawtucket Police Department continues to investigate other allegations of criminal wrongdoing.


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