Office of Attorney General, Allegheny County Police Charge Owner of Vince’s Towing with Corrupt Organizations, Theft, Insurance Fraud

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Michelle Henry, along with the Allegheny County Police Department, announced charges against the owner of a Pittsburgh-based towing company for inflating tow costs by charging “accident services” fees and other deceptive practices.

Vincent G. Fannick, 56, was charged Thursday with numerous felonies and misdemeanors, including 27 counts each of insurance fraud, theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, and securing execution of documents by deception.

He was arraigned and bail was set at $25,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3.

Investigators uncovered a pattern of Fannick charging consumers’ insurance companies with exorbitant tow costs by, initially, not revealing prices on invoices, then charging “accident services” fees. Those fees alone cost the 27 victims more than $100,000. In all, victims were charged nearly $300,000.

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