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Somerville business owner charged with insurance fraud

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Published on March 8, 2011 in The Boston Globe Metro Desk Blog

The owner of Motor Sports Inc. in Somerville is facing charges that he enhanced the damage to five vehicles to increase the insurance claims, State Police said.

Michael Block, 38 of Natick was arrested Friday on several counts of insurance fraud, malicious destruction of property, forgery, uttering, and larceny, State Police said in a statement.

The investigation, which is ongoing, began eight months ago with information obtained by Cambridge police. The investigation combined efforts of the Governor’s Auto Theft Strike Force; Cambridge, Somerville, and Lynn police; the National Insurance Crime Bureau; and MetLife Auto and Home.

More charges are anticipated, State Police said. The investigation has focused on more than 80 motor vehicles believed to have been intentionally damaged.

Block was arraigned Monday and released on $1,000 cash bail. He will return in court April 12 for a pretrial hearing.

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March 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm

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