Fraud investigation leads to arrest of Gonzales man

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – Detectives from the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Bradley M. Businger, 26, of Gonzales after an investigation stemming from complaints submitted by AIG and Allstate Insurance Companies. 

Detectives learned that customers of a Baton Rouge based windshield repair business, “Crack Attack,” were being double-billed for windshield repairs, according to Troop A spokesperson Tpr. Russell Graham. 

The investigation revealed that Businger had submitted nearly 30 billing invoices for repairs he never performed, Graham said. 

In some cases the policyholders’ signatures were forged to show that they had authorized the work, he said.

The insurance companies paid out a total of $1,919.00 on the false billing between February and December 2008, according to Graham.

Businger was a contract employee for Crack Attack during this time, and his employment with the company ended in December 2008, Graham said.

He added that the owners of Crack Attack cooperated with State Police Detectives throughout the investigation.  

On May 8, Insurance Fraud Unit Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Businger in East Baton Rouge Parish, Graham said. 

Detectives him at a residence in Ascension Parish, where he was arrested and transported to East Baton Rouge and booked on 28 counts of Insurance Fraud Pertaining to Auto Policies, five counts of Forgery, and two counts of Felony Theft, according to Graham.

The Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit has investigated similar cases in the Baton Rouge area over the past few years, Graham said.

He added that people should pay close attention to their insurance policies, bills and receipts, and report anything suspicious to their insurance company.