Auto Repair Owners Stuffed Rodents In Cars, Faked Repairs

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  1. LinasK

    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    Posted: 9:55 am PDT May 12, 2009
    <!--startindex-->REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- A husband and wife who owned an auto repair company and were accused of lying to customers by telling them repairs were necessary and even putting dead rodents in the cars struck a deal with prosecutors in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday.Mehran Baranriz, 46, pleaded no contest to 10 counts of insurance fraud and faces up to six years in state prison. His wife Bita Imani, 35, pleaded no contest to one count of felony tax evasion in exchange for up to one year in county jail, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Both defendants were also ordered to pay full restitution to their victims, totaling more than $1 million, Wagstaffe said. From January 2003 to March 2007, the couple owned a group specialist auto repair company and billed 25 insurance companies related to 236 insurance claims for auto work not performed, Wagstaffe said.Baranriz and Imani also lied to customers, stating repairs were vital due to rodent damage or water damage, according to Wagstaffe.The damage, however, was created by Baranriz and Imani, who bought rodents, killed them and then put them in customer cars to show the damage, Wagstaffe said. more at link: http://www.ktvu.com/news/19439655/detail.html
     
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  3. Gozgals

    Gozgals New Member

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    This is truly horrible.
    My brother worked at an auto repair place and the owner wanted the workers to poke holes in the gas tank and then would tell the customers they needed a gas tank and other bogus repairs. Most of the services were still under the car manufacture's warranty but what a racket. My brother quit the job and never got involved in this fraud. I think he should still turn them in.

    This appears to be a common practice he has told me as he worked in a few shops where they do some damage to the car and charge the client's insurance or the warranty company.

    It makes it very hard to trust getting a car repaired. Once I took my car in to get a tire and they messed the BRAKES up. I had to do a whole brake job. I had to keep the car there overnight and like a fool left all my favorite CD's in the car overnight. When I picked the car up the next day, they were all stolen. Another thing to be careful of-- always empty your car out. I made the owner replace every CD though.

    The part about the rodents really gets my goat LinasK. :mad:

    Gozgals
     
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    Javamom New Member

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    Infuriating!!! (I agree with Gozgals about the killing the animals part. I hope they were charged with cruelty to animals, too. I don't care if they were rodents, they're still animals.)

    I remember when my husband and I were young he had to send his truck in for repairs. I can't even remember now what the problem was, but by the time they removed parts for "repair", etc..the truck was unable to be physically driven home. Every day they were calling us with something "NEW" that needed to be fixed. We ended up paying as much as the truck was worth in "repairs". Being young and naive, we were completely trusting, but when we looked back on it later, we felt totally taken advantage of. We're sure we were, but had no way of proving it.
     
  5. kittenish

    kittenish New Member

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    My mom has always cautioned me about scams like these. We always took our cars to the local community college to be worked on. Both of my grandparents had worked for the college for years and there was always someone inspecting the students work.

    Luckily, my boyfriend and I both work for an import racing shop and they can work on our cars for the cost of parts only. And the boyfriend can diagnose most problems.
     
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    Gozgals New Member

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    Taking your car to the local community college is a great idea kittenish.. Thanks for reminding me of this. I remember I checked into bringing my car to a vocational school a few years ago. It seems much safer this way and it's much cheaper.

    Gozgals
     

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