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Owner of auto repair shop is sentenced to 16 years for fraud

A Hunt­ing­don Val­ley man has been sen­tenced to serve 16 years in fed­er­al pris­on for set­ting fire to his own North­east Phil­adelphia auto re­pair shop in an in­sur­ance fraud scheme.

Mi­chael Giamo, 31, owned One Source Mo­tors at 14001 Bustleton Ave. in Somer­ton on May 24, 2010, when an­oth­er man set fire to the busi­ness at Giamo’s dir­ec­tion, au­thor­it­ies said. Giamo later col­lec­ted $127,000 in in­sur­ance pro­ceeds, lied to fed­er­al in­vest­ig­at­ors and at­temp­ted to des­troy in­crim­in­at­ing re­cords, the U.S. De­part­ment of Justice said in a prin­ted state­ment.

On March 1, 2012, a fed­er­al jury con­victed Giamo of mail fraud, con­spir­acy to use fire to com­mit mail fraud, set­ting fire to a build­ing used in in­ter­state com­merce, ly­ing to fed­er­al agents and ob­struc­tion of justice. U.S. Dis­trict Judge Mi­chael M. Baylson on Nov. 16 sen­tenced Giamo to 16 years in pris­on, as well as resti­tu­tion of more than $200,000.

Giamo’s co-con­spir­at­or, Isael Kni­estedt, pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy and was sen­tenced to 7-1/2 years in pris­on. ••

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