January 4, 2012 – A corporate officer of two automotive glass companies pleaded guilty last week in Salem Superior Court to insurance fraud relating to bogus glass repair claims. Robert Giller, age 53, pleaded guilty to 20 counts of auto insurance claim fraud, General Laws c.266 §111B; 18 counts of larceny over $250 by false pretense, General Laws c. 266, §30; and two counts of attempted larceny, General Laws c. 274, §4.
Mr. Giller was the president and treasurer, respectively, of Advanced Automotive Concepts and New England Glass Company that are both located at 55 Rear Walnut Street, Peabody. These companies are involved in all aspects of automotive glass including glass repairs, replacements, and the installation of sunroofs.
Mr. Giller pleaded guilty to submitting false invoices and claim statements to insurers on glass claims filed during the three year period between 2006 and 2009.
Pursuant to the statute relating to false comprehensive insurance claims the Superior Court ordered Mr. Giller “to make restitution to the insurer for any financial loss sustained as a result of the commission of the crime.” (§111B). In this case, the court’s restitution order totaled some $28,000.00.
At the sentencing hearing Mr. Giller paid the restitution and was ordered to complete nine months’ probation.
The case had been investigated by the Insurance Fraud Bureau that had forwarded their findings to the Attorney General’s Insurance Bureau. Mr. Gillis was indicted by the Essex County Grand Jury in December 2010, and arraigned in January 2011.