Arizona Male Convicted of Using Old Glass Replacement Work Orders to Commit Fraud
January 6, 2012
An Arizona male, Michael Swedo of Payson, Ariz., has been convicted
of utilizing old work orders from 15 Arizona auto glass shops to
report fraudulent claims to insurers and receive payment for these,
according to information from the Arizona Department of Insurance
Swedo has been sentenced to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine
and $83,356 in restitution to 16 different insurance companies.
According to the ADI, the work orders obtained by Swedo contained
customer names, addresses, phone numbers and insurance policy information,
which he utilized to file fraudulent claims with multiple insurance
companies, posing as both the insured and as an employee of a company
called Cipolla Auto Glass.
ADI spokesperson Erin Klug says the agency began an investigation
after being alerted by the insurers involved in the case.
Swedo was convicted both of submitting fraudulent claims to insurance
companies and stealing the identity of an individual to set up a
false business to conduct his scam.
The ADI has not disclosed how Swedo obtained the work orders. In
addition, though a release from ADI says Swedo allegedly acted “with
the help of other suspects,” no other suspects have been named.
The reports are alleged to have occurred between November 2010 and
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