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AUTO BODY SHOP OWNER ARRESTED AFTER CHARGING CUSTOMER FOR FICTICIOUS REPAIRS TO VEHICLE

May 19, 2017

Defendant

  • Eugene Kenny

Charges:

  • Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3 (1 count)
  • Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 –F3 (1 count)
  • Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 4101 – F2 (1 count)

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Eugene Kenny on the above charges after receiving a referral from Progressive Insurance. The insured’s daughter was involved in an auto accident on January 16, 2016. The vehicle was towed to Kenny’s Auto Body for repairs following the accident and Progressive Insurance agreed to pay $ 8,463.40 to repair the vehicle. They issued a check to the insured for the cost of repair.

After six weeks of performing repairs on the vehicle, the above defendant contacted the insured and informed him that the vehicle was ready to be picked up. After picking up the vehicle, the insured noticed that the repairs were not made, and that many of the damaged parts of the vehicle were not replaced with new ones.

The insured contacted Progressive and informed them of the problems. Progressive appraised the vehicle and found that none of the parts were replaced and that it would cost them an additional $6,250.73 to have the vehicle properly repaired. The insured also reported to Progressive that he never endorsed the check from Progressive for the repairs, and that the above defendant forged his signature.

Detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit interviewed the owner of Rosenberg’s Check Cashing, where the defendant cashed the check from Progressive. The owner identified Mr. Kenny and told the detectives that the check from Progressive bounced and that the defendant owes him the balance on the check.

Kenny Rogers was interviewed by detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit on April 19, 2016. He admitted to cashing the check from Progressive Insurance and to charging for repairs that he did not actually perform on the insured’s vehicle.

Kenny Rogers was arrested on May 2, 2017 on the above stated charges. He is next listed to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on May 22, 2017 for his arraignment.

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