BODY SHOP MANAGER DEFRAUDS FARMERS INSURANCE COMPANY OF TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS

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Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Jeffrey Freni after receiving a referral from Farmers Insurance Company. Insurance Fraud Unit detectives learned that Alex’s Auto Body, a South Philadelphia body shop managed by Freni, repetitively received payment from Farmers Insurance Company for repairs which they never completed. Detectives met with special investigators from Farmers Insurance Company who related that they had recently examined twelve of their customers’ vehicles after the cars were allegedly repaired at Alex’s Auto Body. These investigators found multiple instances of fraudulent activity: parts the insurance company paid for were never installed, some damaged parts had never been effectively repaired, and filler was used to make damaged areas appear as though they had been sufficiently fixed. Detectives examined these reports and found that Alex’s Auto Body had received in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars for parts they never installed and labor they never performed. Freni was arrested on October 20, 2015 for twelve counts of Insurance Fraud and twelve counts of Theft by Deception. He is next scheduled for a status listing on November 3, 2015 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.


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