NEW BRITAIN - A Berlin resident is free on bond following his arrest Friday on charges he bilked a woman out of $12,000 under the pretense that he was repairing her car.
Paul Ciarcia, 44, of 632 High Road, received the car in November after the woman was involved in an accident, but didn’t return it until February, Lt. Jeanette Portalatin said.
When the woman began driving the car she noticed that 900 miles had been added to the odometer, repairs hadn’t been done, and the car had new damage, Portalatin said.
She took the car to another mechanic after the engine warning light came on.
The new mechanic determined that Ciarcia had not done the work requested and that the tires on the car had been changed and wires cut.
The woman had paid Ciarcia $12,000 to fix the car, police said. She reported the incident to police in May.
Officers arrested Ciarcia on Friday.
He is charged with second-degree larceny, fifth-degree larceny and second-degree criminal trover.
He was released after posting $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Sept. 8 for his arraignment.
Lisa Backcus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.