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Thursday, 01 May 2014 20:46

Body Shop Involved in New Hampshire Insurance Fraud Scheme

Police are accusing the owners and employees of an auto repair shop of being involved in an insurance fraud scheme for a truck that burned more than two years ago. Jay Coppo, 49, of Troy, NH, and Jodi Champney, 44, of Winchester, NH, own J & J Auto Body & Repair on South Street in Troy. They were arrested April 11, 2014, along with employee Christopher Pratt, 32, of Gilsum, NH, and former employee Craig Fields, 31, of Swanzey, NH, according to a news release from New Hampshire State Police.

Police say the four were involved in intentionally burning a commercial wrecker at the auto shop in January 2012, to collect insurance money. The charges are arson, conspiracy to commit arson, insurance fraud, and accomplice to insurance fraud, according to the news release. The release doesn’t specify which of those charges each person faces, and the state police sergeant overseeing the case wasn’t available for comment. New Hampshire State Police troopers and officers with the Cheshire County Sherriff’s Office and Troy Police Department worked on the investigation, according to the news release.

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