NEW BRITAIN – Police are asking any potential victims of a Berlin man accused of bilking his car repair customers of thousands of dollars to come forward.
Paul Ciarcia, 44, of 682 High Road, Berlin, was arrested twice during an eight-day span in connection with complaints brought on by two of his customers who sought the help of police after their car repairs were not completed.
In one case, Ciarcia was arrested Aug. 25 on charges he bilked a woman out of $12,000 under the pretense that he was repairing her car. Ciarcia received the car in November after the woman was involved in an accident, but didn’t return it until February, police 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, reports said.
She took the car to another mechanic who 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.
Ciarcia was arrested again Friday on insurance fraud and larceny charges. In that case, police said Ciarcia offered to fix a man’s car in March 2016 after it was damaged in an accident, took the $4,735 insurance money, but never fixed the vehicle.
The man told police he repeatedly asked Ciarcia when the car would be fixed, but Ciarcia stalled him for six months. The man said he spotted his car parked next to a garbage receptacle several weeks after Ciarcia took the car and it hadn’t been repaired.
By March 2017, the man took the car to another repair shop and paid $3,000 out of his own pocket to get the car fixed. He also used $4,000 of his own money to rent a car while Ciarcia was promising to fix his. Ciarcia never returned the $4,735 in insurance money that was meant to fix the car, police said.
Ciarcia is scheduled to be arraigned on both cases today in New Britain Superior Court. Police are asking anyone who may have had a similar experience with Ciarcia or his company Paul’s Automotive located at 804 Stanley St. to call Detective Nate Ciuci at 860-826-3137.