Hakimian Attorney Says Client Regrets Errors,
Has Instituted "Real Reforms" at Glass Emporium
July 8, 2010
William Osterhoudt, the attorney who's represented Glass Emporium
owner Mehrdad Hakimian throughout the insurance fraud case against
him, says Hakimian regrets his errors, and has made changes at the
company to make sure no fraudulent billing errors occur in the future.
"We're disappointed that he sustained these convictions because
he maintains a company that employs very many people and has served
his customers well for many years," says Osterhoudt in a statement
provided via phone to glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine. "The
problems that gave rise to the trial happened years ago and they
ended in 2006. Since then he's done everything he can to make sure
that money was restored to anyone who was overcharged whether intentionally
or fraudulently or intentionally or innocently and he's instituted
real reforms at his company to make sure those things don't happen
in the future and he's been successful in that regard."
He adds, "A countless number of people came to court and they
put in letters and they hold [Hakimian] in the highest regard and
I feel that he'll continue to be a very contributing member of the
community for many years to come with this behind him. Nevertheless
he obviously regrets having to be here and having made these errors
in his time."
Hakimian was sentenced last week to more than three years in prison
and a $150,000 fine for charges involving insurance fraud and the
overbilling of more than 70 insurers for a total of more than $400,000
from his company's locations throughout the United States. He will
begin serving his prison sentence on September 3. (CLICK
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