What's Next in the Diamond-Triumph Investigation? Experts Say Even They Don't Know
It's been three months since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
began an investigation of Diamond-Triumph Auto Glass headquarters in Kingston,
Pa., for alleged insurance fraud. The FBI conducted an onsite investigation
on December 13, 2005, that included the seizure of computer equipment
and certain records. Since then, both the Bureau and D-T have been quiet
about the progress of the investigation.
In an effort to update our readers, AGRR magazine/glassBYTES.com
spoke with a number of experts in the glass industry who have been through
similar investigations, including one familiar with this case. None of
those with whom we spoke would comment on this particular case, but provided
a general overview of how such cases usually evolve.
"For the first week or so, you really feel blind," said one
of how D-T officials might be feeling. "You don't know what they
[the FBI] is looking for, you don't know what information they have and
you don't even know what the charges are. Your instinct is to issue a
blanket denial, but that's really the worst thing you can do," he
added, "because you don't even know what you are accused of."
"The investigators are not terribly forthcoming. They don't want
you to see the big picture," adds another. "They talk to people
individually and ask questions that sometimes seem like minutiae. It takes
awhile to get the picture of what they think is going on."
"It's a very trying time," said another. "Kids at school
were asking my kids if their daddy was a crook. It affects your whole
family and your whole life. There's a hidden cost to this that people
What advice would those with whom we spoke give to D-T officials? Though
each had his or her spin, the all offered the same common themes:
1. Do not issue a blanket denial until or unless you know exactly what
the charges are and can counter them;
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