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Warrnambool car fire fail for insurance scammer
The Standard ^ | 12 May, 2011 | Andrew Thomson

Posted on 05/11/2011 11:41:22 PM PDT by UncleHambone

A FORMER Warrnambool chef who torched his car four years ago in an attempt to claim insurance has effectively convicted himself by failing to pay compensation.

Mark Musolino, 32, previously of Loch Ard Place, planned to burn his car and claim the insurance money but has instead finished about $18,000 out of pocket.

He pleaded guilty in March 2009 to attempting to obtaining property by deception, making a false report to police and possessing prescribed weapons.

He was fined $400 without conviction and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond, as well as being ordered to pay $500 to the court fund and $4226.24 in compensation, comprisingmainly insurance, fire brigade and police costs. His burnt car was worth between $13,000 and $14,500.

But Musolino, now of Edgards Road, Lalor, failed to comply with the conditions of his bond and has been convicted of the charges, fined $500 — and again ordered to pay compensation of $4226.24.

Warrnambool Magistrates Court heard that in May 2007 Musolino bought a Ford Falcon and insured it through the Commonwealth Bank.

He moved to Warrnambool with his girlfriend 12 months later, but by August 2008 his finances were strained.

Musolino came up with a plan to burn his car and claim the insurance money.

He removed the car stereo system, valued at $1500, and took the car west of the Warrnambool RSL where he parked it near the railway line. He had kerosene and methylated spirits in the vehicle but backed out of setting the car on fire.

Musolino left the car parked just south of the TAFE building for fours days hoping it would be stolen, before returning on December 7 when he sparked a blaze.

The car was mostly destroyed in the fire.

About 5.45am on the day the car was torched police attended Musolino’s home where they found him fully clothed. He told officers the car should have been out the front of his house and admitted he had both sets of keys.

Musolino reported the car stolen and then put in a fraudulent claim to the insurance company. The following day police executed a search warrant at Musolino’s home and found the stereo and 16 swords in a cupboard.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: chef; criminal
Chefs...can't be trusted.
1 posted on 05/11/2011 11:41:26 PM PDT by UncleHambone
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To: UncleHambone
He told officers the car should have been out the front of his house and admitted he had both sets of keys.

Another idiot that burned his car, he has the keys, but the evidence left behind doesn't show it was hot wired or the ignition tampered with. This happen probably 200 times a day in this country, many times with lease vehicles. These idiots can't figure out most car thieves would *never* burn the vehicle they stole...They just drop it off somewhere when done with it.

2 posted on 05/12/2011 12:13:08 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: UncleHambone
A super horny Chef

A pedophile Chef

And now a scammin Chef

And how poor can writing get? This article is next to intelligible.

3 posted on 05/12/2011 3:29:02 AM PDT by corkoman (Steadfast and Loyal)
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To: UncleHambone
found the stereo and 16 swords in a cupboard.

C'mon, the guy is a chef! Tools of the trade. Sometimes you start with a whole cow.

4 posted on 05/12/2011 6:29:14 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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