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Monday, 15 July 2013 17:49

Calif. Windshield Repair Tech Pleads to Insurance Fraud

Windshield repair technician Jacob Dufur, 22, has pled guilty to a felony charge of insurance fraud for submitting fraudulent work orders on windshield repairs, according to a statement from the District Attorney (DA) for Sacramento County, Calif.

An investigation by the California Department of Insurance’s Urban Auto Task Force uncovered the situation, DA Jan Scully said in the statement.

Dufur and an accomplice were employed as windshield repair technicians for a Chipio franchise that specialized in repairing small windshield cracks.

“Between May 7, 2011 and March 19, 2012, Dufur and an accomplice submitted 121 fraudulent work orders to the parent company, Chipio Inc., for payment on windshield repairs that neither of them had repaired,” according to the DA.

“After paying Dufur and his accomplice for the alleged cost of the windshield repairs, the parent company then submitted the work orders to the customers’ automobile insurance companies for payment,” the DA continued. “The franchise, the parent company and the insurance companies ended up paying $7,373 on the fraudulent work orders.”

Dufur faces a sentence of two years in state prison. Sentencing is set for July 24 in Sacramento County Superior Court.

An arrest warrant for insurance fraud has been issued for Dufur’s alleged accomplice, Jeremy Horstman.

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