California Shop Charged for Unnecessary Repairs

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March 15, 2019—An auto repair shop in California has been accused of fraud by customers. According to ABC7 News, the station's "On Your Side" reports that FMC Automotive Services in Pacifica, Calif., has been charged by the Bureau of Automotive Repair for unnecessary repairs and repairs that weren't performed.

According to ABC7 News, the owner of the shop, Fabio Meniivar, has been named in the accusation.

"The Bureau sent in three undercover cars to FMC and the bureau confirmed FMC was selling unnecessary services and in some cases not even doing those services," Fidel Reyes of the Bureau of Automotive Repair said to ABC7 News. 

Meniivar declined to talk on camera, ABC7 News reports, but told the station that the accusations were bogus and prompted by a fired employee. 

Andy Binsfield, owner of Pacifica Automatic Transmission down the street on Palmetto avenue, ABC7 News reports.

"If the implications are true, it's disappointing because anybody who comes to Palmetto automotive repair and anyone of these shops in this area should be given fair value," Binsfield said to ABC7 News.

The station reached out to Meniivar's attorney who did not call ABC7 News back, the station reports. According to ABC7 News, the District Attorney's Office revealed that the investigation is still ongoing.


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