Mike Sweeney, Owner Of Central Auto Body, Has Threatened Assaulted And Tried To Scam Insurance Appraisers, Banned Them From His Shop, Guarantees 50% More If He Appraises Your Damaged Car
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This week we broke this story that the silver Jeep involved in a videotaped car insurance scam crash, was sitting in front of Central Auto Body on Park Ave in Worcester.
An hour later the Jeep was towed back to the home of Tanya Hutchins, the deadbeat to whom it is registered. But we found it.
Tanya Haskins was recently married to Sixto Raul Villalobos:
And, who we are told that Sixto has done work for Mike Sweeney, the owner of Central Auto Body, is Facebook friends with Mike Sweeney:
Mike Sweeney is also friends with Patsy Santa Maria Jr., the son of Pat’s Towing’s owner, Patsy Santa Maria Sr. Patsy Jr. was previously charged with beating a father and son who came to pick up their vehicle at Pat’s, and his father tried to bribe a witness with $25,000 to change his testimony, but failed.
Pat’s Towing lost all it’s contracts as a result of their legal troubles, and now they make money by getting tipped off in situations like this car insurance scam, which explains why they illegally tried to tow the silver Infiniti involved in the crash:
Mike Sweeney also has ties to former NFL lardo Fat Albert Haynesworth, who is the front man for “Patriot’s Towing” which is just Pat’s Towing with a Patriots logo:
Now that we’re all caught up on that, let’s talk about Mike Sweeney, the owner of Central Auto Body.
Here he is, out for a night on the town with his buddy’s Patsy Santa Maria and Fat Albert Haynesworth (hey Fat Albert, I know you’re reading this – you suck)
Mike Sweeney has quite a reputation in Worcester and we’ve gotten tons of messages about him. But most damning was this October 2014 letter we were forwarded from Forbes and Gallagher law firm in Boston, threatening to sue Mike Sweeney for a variety of very serious claims, including that he threatened, intimidated, assaulted, battered, and attempted to commit fraud towards several Hanover Insurance appraisers:
Here’s a quick run down of each of the four incidents:
Incident 1: Appraisers shows up to look at damage to a bumper on a vehicle on July 17, 2014. The Central Auto employee and the appraiser reach an agreement that Hanover will pay to fix the existing bumper, but not pay for a new one. The appraiser gets into his car and calls his manager, but the conversation is interrupted when Mike Sweeney loses his mind and starts banging on the window. Mike Sweeney demanded that Hanover pay for a whole new bumper. The adjuster went back inside (even though he didn’t have to), looked at the bumper, and reached the conclusion that he was right the first time.
Incident 2: Hanover adjuster goes to Central Auto to look at a Subaru that needs a new hood scoop. Adjuster agrees that Hanover will pay for the new hood scoop, but that he needs to take the damaged hood scoop back with him. Six weeks later Mike Sweeney writes an insane email to Hanover, alleging that the appraiser stole the hood scoop, and BANS the appraiser from ever stepping foot in Central Auto. He emailed many people at Hanover this same ridiculous, libelous story.
Incident 3: The appraiser Mike Sweeney previously “banned” shows up to look at another vehicle Hanover insured, but this time he came only as a supervisor for another appraiser. Ten minutes later Mike Sweeney showed up, told the supervisor to “get the fuck off my property,” accused him of being a thief who stole parts from his shop (in front of several customers), and then finally threatened to have the supervisor’s car towed, even though it was legally parked on a public street.
At the request of the appraiser’s supervisor, Mike Sweeney agreed to calm down and speak with him in private. But as the supervisor began to speak Mike Sweeney lost his mind again and went over to the appraiser the supervisor was there to oversee. Mike Sweeney then told the supervisor to leave and started to push him. At this point the supervisor wanted to avoid confrontation and told the other appraiser that it was time to go. Mike Sweeney didn’t like this so he went over and started bumping him with his chest while yelling, “Why are you walking away? Are you not going to complete the appraisal?”
Incident 4: On 9/26/14, a Hanover appraiser and his unit manager showed up at McFee Auto Center on West Boylston Street to inspect a Hanover insured car for payments requested by the Auto Center. Mike Sweeney was there to act as the independent appraiser for McFee, which is standard if a shop doesn’t have a licensed appraiser on staff.
However, Mike Sweeney can hardly be considered “independent” since he had been passing out brochures to places like McFee Auto Center, guaranteeing that his appraisals will “increase your claim by a minimum of 50% or it’s FREE!!!” In other words, if you pay him, then he’ll run up the bill on the insurance company so that the auto shop gets more cash from them then is required to fix the car (a trick he likely learned at his own shop). This is why it’s worth hiring him as opposed to another appraiser. Because he knows how to scam insurance companies better than anyone else.
During the appraisal at McFee’s, Mike Sweeney made several attempt to intimidate the appraisers into agreeing to unnecessary repairs in order to increase the size of the check McFee’s would get, and thus fulfill his 50% increase guarantee on the brochure. During the negotiations with the appraisers Mike Sweeney yelled, “You don’t know what the fuck you’re doing. You don’t know know anything.” He then picked up a broken piece of an air conditioning line and threw it at the appraisers. The appraisers asked him to be professional and basically stop acting like a wannabe mafioso hardo. On the way out Mike Sweeney threateningly told them, “Wait till I get you at my shop. I’d like to see you pull this shit at my shop and see what happens.”
Big picture problem: Hanover insurance appraisers feel that Mike Sweeney poses a potential risk of serious physical violence when they are around him. And since he works for other auto shops as an “independent appraiser,” (since those shops don’t have a licensed appraiser on staff), if Mike Sweeney continues to act like this in their shops, then they will join him as defendants in a lawsuit filed by Hanover.
So how does this tie into our story about the car insurance scam? Well, Mike Sweeney has clearly established himself as a guy who will use threats and intimidation in order to force insurance companies to give him more money. That’s his whole schtick. If you get in a car accident, bring it to Central Auto Body because he’ll suck more money out of the insurance company.
Not coincidentally a Jeep in a staged, purposeful accident designed to suck money out of insurance companies, ends up at his Central Auto Body the next day. The woman to whom the car is registered just so happens to be married to a former employee who is friends with Mike Sweeney. The Jeep then disappears after we blow Mike Sweeney’s cover. In other words, he knew he was guilty and he was trying to hide the evidence. Especially now that their cover is blown, and they’re obviously not going to be getting any money from the insurance companies. In other words, mission aborted – you’re on your own Tanya Hutchins.
So did Mike Sweeney commit a crime here? Not yet, but he was probably going to, and he’s probably done it before. You think this is the first time a car involved in a staged accident ended up at Central Auto Body? The crime would’ve been completed if he actually did the work and charged the insurance company after having knowledge of the staged accident. Maybe Turtleboy should’ve waited a week or so for him to do this so we could’ve had him arrested as he should be. But we didn’t know, and we kind of pieced this story together little by little this week. Either way, he’s busted, he’s a fraud, and you should NEVER bring your car to Central Auto unless you like being scammed.
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