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Body Shop Owner Accused Of Fraud Back Open For Business

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CALAVERAS COUNTY (CBS13) – The owner of a Calaveras County auto body shop who has been charged with 38 felony fraud charges is out of jail and back open for business.

Larry Robbins, owner of Frank’s Frame & Body Shop in Valley Springs, is accused of conning $16,000 from customers for repair work he never did. Robbins is out on bond.

“I think I’d rather not talk about it right now,” said Robbins today when approached at his store by CBS13 reporter Derek Shore. “Of course I’m innocent, I didn’t do anything.”

Russ Heinrich with the state Department of Consumer Affairs said his office received complaints from seven alleged victims, but there could be more.

“Our investigators had some serious concerns about some of the repairs,” Heinrich said. “You rely on them (shop owners) to tell you what’s wrong. You have to trust who you’re taking it to.”

The state is considering an order to suspend Robbins’ business license. His next scheduled court date wasn’t available.

Consumers can file a complaint by calling the Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-952-5210 or online at www.dca.gov.

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