Body Shop Owner Accused Of Fraud Back Open For Business

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

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  • Ric Brown

    if you dont know them ,if no one you know can tellyou they do good work then dont go there,call the bar.

  • John Moe

    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.

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

    Exactly, An confession!

  • Missy

    Funny, how people are quick to ASSUME that this man is guilty…… funny thing is…… I have been a customer & have referred many people to his shop & ALL work has been done to perfection……… Even going the extra length to help small town people out when they are in a jam……

    Think before you speak & oh remember what ASSUME MEANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Matt

    I watch the news every day but I have never come across a story that I know to be un true. Well its possible because I don’t associate with losers. I must now re think my mediated opinion because it now looks to me like it’s very possible that most of it is un true and garbage. Since I know this STORY is false.

    Maybe I should watch more HBO they show a lot of good stories and that way I know its all pretend an I’m not misled.

    I have had my vehicle’s worked on by Franks Frame & Body Shop as well as my parents, siblings and GRANDMOTHER. We have never received anything but perfection or WHAT WE PAID FOR.

    Keep in mind those who say they are not happy with the outcome of there vehicle. Get a few estimates before hand and you will see, you get more work done for your dollar at Franks Frame & Body Shop. If your asking someone to polish a turd don’t expect it to come out a show car. You pay for the hours worked on your vehicle and if you choose to have them do a job in half the time it actually takes to do it right because you say your broke and you just want it to look a little better than it does. Don’t throw a hard working man under the bus. Back him up because he was there to help you in a time of need.

    John Moe doesn’t know Larry Robbins, so maybe John should get back to his bag of potato chips on the coach so Larry can get back to work and pay his taxes so John can collect his welfare check at the end of the month.

    No one needs your mediated opinion get a life….. Innocent until proven guilty.

    Franks Frame & Body Shop you guys rock!! See you soon because my girlfriend wrecked her car again and I would never take any of my vehicles to any other shop! Including my GRANDMOTHER….

  • anonymous

    What else is new they ALL(auto repair shops) do that to some extent, ya have to watch everything they do like a hawk. They have some pretty sneaky things they have done for decades, just ask any insurance adjuster. I would tell ya their biggest money making scheme but I would get a brick through my window, so I will keep it to myself, the adjusters know what I am refering to however.

  • Missy

    What makes me sick is that the NEWS can NOT even get their story straight!!!!! The shop NEVER closed its doors, it remained open with the most upstanding, honest people an owner could ask for.

    I you are going to print or report a story, make sure that it is correct for one & KNOW that there are plenty of people that will back Larry as he is a great upstaniding business owner!!!!!

    IF & that is a BIG IF, Larry did anything wrong doesn’t that mean that oh the insurance companies should also be in crud too since, ummmmm they were the ones that had their adjusters ok the work?????
    Just Sayin!!!!!!

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