Jacob Dufur, 22, was sentenced to two years in state prison after pleading no contest to felony insurance fraud in his role as a windshield repair technician, according to Sacramento County District Attorney (DA) Jan Scully.
The DA’s office is still trying to persuade his alleged accomplice, Jeremy Horstman, to return from Mississippi to resolve the case, according to Dale Kitching, supervising deputy DA.
“The California Department of Insurance and our office are also working on a similar case, which we hope to conclude in September,” says Kitching.
Dufur and Horstman 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,” DA Scully said in a statement.
“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 fraudulent work orders.”