Butler Business Owner Charged with Fraud

BUTLER – A Butler business owner is being charged with Theft by Deception. Patrick T. Rape, 52, owner of City Auto Works at 330 West Wayne Street, performed maintenance of a 2006 GMC Sierra that was towed to his business after the brakes failed. The vehicle’s owner, Robert D. Gasper, 58, of Sarver, had never been a customer previously. Rape fraudulently charged Gasper with the replacement of two brake lines when only 1 brake line was replaced. 1 brake line from the master cylinder to the ABS module was replaced. The fraudulent line that wasn’t replaced was claimed to be from the front to the ABS module. $180.20 of the fraudulent charges from a bill total of $350.40. Rape is being charged with fraudulent business practices.