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Purrfect Auto to Settle Car Repair Fraud Suit

July 28, 1999|Robin Fields

A Fullerton auto repair shop will pay $15,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the Orange County district attorney's office accusing its owners of misleading and overcharging customers, prosecutors said Tuesday.

A sting conducted by the California Bureau of Auto Repair showed that Purrfect Auto #63 exceeded estimates without car owners' approval, charged for parts never installed and talked customers into unnecessary repairs, Assistant Dist. Atty. Wendy Brough said.

As a result of the findings, the state also placed Purrfect Auto's license on probation for three years, ordered the shop to close for five days and fined it $5,000.

Nader Keyomarsi, identified by the district attorney's office as one of the shop's two owners, denied any knowledge of the case.

"I'm clueless about it," Keyomarsi said. Keyomarsi also denied he owned Purrfect Auto, putting his position with the shop as "conductor, like in a symphony."

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