Somerville Autobody Shop Owner Arrrested
A Somerville autobody shop owner was arrested and charged with insurance fraud for allegedly damaging vehicles to collect insurance money.
A Somerville autobody shop owner was arrested Friday and charged with several counts of insurance fraud, malicious destruction of property, forgery and larceny.
Michael Block, 38, of Natick, who owns Motor Sports, Inc., at 280-286 Columbia St., is accused of "enhancing damage to five motor vehicles, resulting in inflated insurance claims. The investigation is ongoing and could result in additional charges against the target stemming from intentional damage done to dozens of other vehicles,” according to a statement issued by the State Police.
State troopers assigned to the Governor’s Auto Theft Strike Force (GATSF) and local police executed a search warrant Friday afternoon at Motor Sports, Inc., where they arrested Block at the scene.
The ongoing investigation into Block’s activities began eight months ago and according to the police statement "has focused on intentional damage inflicted on more than 80 vehicles.” The Cambridge Police Department obtained the initial information that indicated Block was possibly committing insurance fraud.
Block was arraigned Monday in Somerville District Court and released on $1,000 cash bail. He is due back in court on April 12 for a pretrial hearing.
More charges are expected as the Massachusetts State Police GATSF, along with Somerville, Cambridge and Lynn Police, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and MetLife Auto and Home continue to investigate.