Six individuals have been accused of allegedly filing false insurance claims for windshield repairs totaling almost $100,000, according to the Fraud Division of California’s Department of Insurance.
The individuals allegedly filed more than 1,000 false insurance claims, officials report. They allegedly worked for companies based in Sacramento, including Safetek Auto Glass Consulting, Auto Glass Professional and Clear View Autoglass.
The suspects were arrested on multiple felony charges and are accused of grand theft, false impersonation of another and filing fraudulent insurance claims. The suspects include: Felisha Blackmon, 24; Aaron Bonner, 30; Darryl Cartwright, 48; Bonita Clayborn, 39; David Ludd Jr., 25; and Atlakea Scott, 36.
“Using actual consumers’ insurance policies, the suspects allegedly submitted fraudulent insurance claims for automobile insurance windshield chip repairs to multiple insurance companies between May 9, 2011 and May 24, 2012,” according to the Fraud Division’s statement.
“Consumers who had repairs done by Safetek Auto Glass Consulting, Auto Glass Professional and Clear View Autoglass should check their insurance carrier to ensure no additional, potentially fraudulent claims were filed on their policy,” according to the statement.
Insurance department officials believe the individuals involved were initially operating legitimate automotive glass repair businesses that completed authorized repairs.
“The investigation revealed that the suspects retained consumers’ policy information and sometime later allegedly filed additional fraudulent claims on consumers’ policies without policyholders’ knowledge or permission,” officials report.
A phone number listed online for Clear View Autoglass of Sacramento was not answered. No information could be found online for the other companies allegedly involved in the fraud.
According to the Fraud Division, the Sacramento Regional Fraud Office, CDI Organized Automobile Fraud Interdiction Program led this investigation. Additionally, the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the following insurance carriers and third-party administrators assisted with the investigation: Harmon Glass Solutions, Safelite Solutions, Lynx Services, GMAC, AAA, Allstate, Bristol, Allied, Progressive, 21st Century, Titan, Allstate, Farmers, USAA, Liberty Mutual, Encompass, Travelers, California Casualty, Hartford, Safeco, Nationwide, Esurance and Horace Mann.