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Rhinelander car dealership, body shop owner accused of $20,000 in fraud

RIHNELANDER, WI (WTAQ) - A new federal indictment accuses the owner of four automotive businesses in Rhinelander of defrauding insurance companies of almost $20,000.

42-year-old John Henricks the 3rd  has been charged in federal court with identity theft and three counts of mail fraud.

That was after similar state charges were filed almost a month ago.

Federal prosecutors said Henricks filed a false insurance claim using another person’s identity. An indictment said he also used one incident of vehicle damage to file multiple claims with different insurers.

Henricks owns an auto body repair shop in Rhinelander, plus three towing businesses.

The federal charges are the result of an investigation by the FBI and Oneida County sheriff’s deputies.

Henricks also faces state charges of identity theft and three counts of making fraudulent insurance claims.

He’s due in Oneida County Circuit Court Wednesday for a motion hearing on those felony charges. A preliminary hearing in the state matter is set for August 15th.