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New York Body Shop Charged with Running ‘Damage Enhancement Scheme’

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A New York body shop owner and one of his employees have
been charged with purposely damaging vehicles brought in for repairs so they
could submit exaggerated bills to insurance companies.

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Elie Berger, owner of Perfect Collision in Borough Park,
and his employee Hershy Greenberger allegedly enhanced damage to a car
insured by Geico.

Geico was suspicious that the shop was running a
"damage enhancement scheme," so Kings County District Attorney
investigators brought in a vehicle with damage to the front passenger-side
fender to Perfect Collision after first photographing that damage. When a Geico
adjuster showed up to take a picture of the damage, it had been
"enhanced," according to the indictment.

Another charge against Perfect Collision is billing Geico
more than $1,000 for a rental vehicle in an undercover’s name – despite the
undercover explaining to Greenberger that he did not want a rental vehicle for
the week of repairs.

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Prosecutors believe insurers other than Geico
also may have fallen victim to the shop’s scheme.

After executing a search warrant on Perfect Collision and
Berger’s home, investigators found more than $700,000 in cash and a 2011
application for public assistance that claimed that Berger made $350 a week as
an employee of Perfect Collision. 


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Read story with photo in the New York Daily News

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