Body Shop Owner Charged with Insurance Fraud

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July 14, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorneys Office has charged 34 year old Tomasz Stasiuk with Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception. The DA’s Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Tomasz Stasiuk, the owner of Skyline Auto Collision, after receiving a referral from Progressive Insurance Company. On June 7, 2013, a Progressive insured had his 2005 BMW towed to Skyline Auto Collision after the vehicle had been involved in an accident. Skyline Auto Collision determined that the BMW needed the engine, headlights and carpeting to be replaced which would cost in excess of twelve thousand dollars. Upon later inspection, Stasiuk further alleged that the car would also need new seat motors, airbags, a wiring harness and transmission which changed the estimate to over fourteen thousand dollars – an amount greater than the total value of the vehicle itself. Progressive then attempted to retrieve the motor that Stasiuk allegedly put into the BMW after the first repair so that they could return the parts but were unsuccessful. The vehicle was then removed from Skyline Auto Collision and later inspected by NICB agents who determined that neither the engine, carpeting nor headlights had been replaced with new products in spite of the fact that Progressive had paid Stasiuk over fifteen thousand dollars in settlement checks for these repairs. Stasiuk was arrested on July 14, 2014 for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on July 21, 2014 for a status listing.

Detective Robert DiFrancesco and ADA Dawn Farrell are specially assigned to this case.


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