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  • 3 Men Face Charges In Philadelphia Over Fraudulent $400K Auto Work

    Philadelphia prosecutors have claimed a city fleet supervisor gave work to an auto body shop accused of overcharging the city $400,000 for inflated or fake bills.

    In a separate case, American Collision is suspected of using deer corpses as well as other props to stage accidents and collect the insurance claims. The owner, Ronald Galati, Sr., is in prison doing a 20-year stint for a botched attempt to kill his daughter’s boyfriend.

    According to prosecutors the senior Galati and Ronald Galati, Jr. (son) had no welding equipment that was necessary to be awarded the city’s contract. However, Robert Otterson, the city’s fleet supervisor, approved them for work and informed them what bid to place in order to gain the contract.

    American Collision was noted to be the secondary repair facility to handle the overflow repairs work on Philadelphia’s fleet of vehicles. However, investigators said most vehicles were sent there instead of the main repair facility.Investigators allege the firm inflated the repair and labor costs,and when Otterson approved the costs, father Galati would share some of those proceeds with the fleet supervisor.

    They have been charged with theft,tampering of public information or records and criminal conspiracy.

    None of the three accused attorneys would go on record about the charges. However, Perry DeMarco Sr.,attorney for Otterson, said his client is going to aggressively fight the changes. De Marco said Otterson has a flawless record and was even awarded a certificate of excellence from the manager director’s office three years ago for the work he’s done.
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