Richard Todd Evans

Richard Todd Evans (Photo Courtesy huntingtonbchbodyworks.com)

SANTA ANA -- County prosecutors have charged 53 auto mechanics, including one who appeared on a show on the Speed Channel, with felony insurance fraud.

"Operation Straight Body" consisted of 152 undercover operations at shops throughout Orange County from January to May, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Thursday.

Among those arrested was Richard Evans of Huntington Beach Body Works, who was featured on a show on the Speed Channel called "Chop Cut Rebuild" and also appeared on the show "Monster Garage."

Undercover investigators went to auto repairs shops to get estimates, and would ask if damage could be repaired under the same insurance claim even though some of the damage wasn't caused by the same accident. "This prosecution put dishonest operators and anybody thinking about committing fraud on notice," Rackauckas said at a news conference. "I think consumers have the right to know which of the auto repair shops are conducting straight business and which are not."

This is the second such sting operation on insurance fraud this week. On Tuesday, county prosecutors said they charged four chiropractors, an attorney and two office employees in an insurance over-billing scheme.

Here are the names of those charged, and the auto shops they work at, as provided by prosecutors:

1) Sheridon John Bailey, 41, Power Collision Center, 2352 Commerce Center, Laguna Hills
2) Stephen Raymond Baker, 59, A J Auto Body, 1020 N. Harbor Blvd. Garden Grove
3) Edward Arutan Bilezikchian, 36, OC Collision Center, 7100 Hazard Ave., Westminster
4) James Fay Burroughs, 48, Fix It Auto7522 Westminster Ave., Westminster ,
5) Ronald Dean Campbell, 48, Orange Coast Auto Body, 10810 Talbert Blvd., Fountain Valley
6) Thomas William Carmer, 55, Specialized Coach Works, 33207 Paseo Cerveza, San Juan Capistrano
7) Yoon Kyu Choi, 41, Son's Auto Body, 1808 Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton
8) Michele Anne Conlon, 36, Euro American Collision Center, 20591 Pascal Way, Lake Forest
9) Angelea Danciu, 52, G D Auto Collision, 2085 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa
10) Fernando Gonzalez Delgado, 46, Fernando's Auto Body, 3500 Westminster Ave. #K, Santa Ana
11) James Michael Desmond, 35, A B Auto Body, 1607 E. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana
12) Dennis Dee Eagleton, 43, Euro America Collision Center, 1343 Logan St., Costa Mesa
13) Oscar Alvarado Escalera, Jr., 34, Kraemer Auto Collision, 1361 N. Kraemer Ave., Anaheim