Allstate Seeks $726,000 from Washington Auto
January 29, 2013
by Casey Neeley, email@example.com
Allstate Insurance Co. has filed an application for garnishment
in the United States District Court in and for the Western District
of Washington in the amount of $726,700.53 against Auto Glass Express
Inc., Premier Auto Glass LLC, owner Michael Perkins and co-owner
Trena Perkins for restitution of insurance fraud.
According to the application, counsel for Allstate says, "Plaintiff
has a judgment wholly or partially unsatisfied, against the defendant,
in the court from which the writ is being sought. The amount alleged
to be due is the balance of the judgment or amount of claim, $726,700.53,
plus interest and estimated garnishment costs as indicated in the
The garnishment results from a default
judgment handed down in Allstate's civil suit against the Perkins
in June 2011 ordering payment of $726,000 to Allstate and an August
2011 order calling for the plaintiffs to pay $1.6
million in restitution to State Farm Insurance, Allstate and
Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Co. Allstate is requesting
garnishment in the amount of the ordered repayment.
Allstate filed a fraud suit against the couple in January 2011
alleging that in multiple cases they billed (and were paid for)
OEM glass, while actually "purchasing and installing aftermarket
windshields," according to court documents.
Previously, the Washington state insurance commissioner's office
had filed criminal
charges against Michael Perkins for related allegations involving
Allstate, State Farm and MetLife in July 2010.
Perkins was sentenced
to spend nine months in a work release program with 240 hours of
community service in addition to the restitution payments in relation
to the theft charges.
Allstate is being represented by Jennifer P. Dinning and Rick J.
Wathen of Cole, Wathen, Leid & Hall P.C. based in Seattle.
Neither Allstate nor its counsel had responded to request for comment
at press time.
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