A Lower Keys tow company operator was arrested today, charged with committing fraud by billing AAA Auto Club South for fictitious tows.
According to Detective David Cruz, between July of 2011 and April of 2012, 49 year old Frank Sciortino, owner of Scott Brother’s Towing, defrauded AAA out of over $60,000.00 by falsely billing them for long distance tows that never took place. The fraud scheme was reported to the Sheriff’s Office by a former employee of the tow company.
Detective Cruz, during his investigation, identified 156 long distance tows of 70 miles or more. The tows were attributed to AAA memberships from 17 different household addresses in Key West, Big Coppitt Key and Cudjoe Key. All 17 addresses were contacted and there were no actual AAA members at any of them. Detective Cruz contacted 35 final tow destinations, none of which had a record of the vehicles in question.
Sciortino was arrested today on a warrant charging him with grand theft and fraud. He was booked into jail.