A 23-year-old Hesperia man was arrested at his auto body repair shop after investigators discovered he had allegedly billed insurance companies for new parts that were actually used or rebuilt.


Samuel Llamas was arrested last Wednesday by deputies from the Hesperia Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department's Multiple Enforcement Team. The agencies worked in conjunction with investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office.


According to District Attorney Michael A. Ramos' office, the Bureau of Automotive Repair initiated the investigation last November when Llamas' shop allegedly performed insurance repair work without a business license.


In mid-summer, a consumer contacted the B.A.R. after becoming suspicious of repairs. Investigators confirmed that Llamas had charged an insurance company for new parts that, in fact, were not new. The bureau then submitted the investigation to the District Attorney's Auto Insurance Fraud Unit for review, according to Ramos' office.


Llamas was booked at the Sheriff's Victor Valley Jail where his bail was set at $25,000.