Glass Emporium Owner Mehrdad Hakimian Found Guilty; Says Auditing
Procedures Have Been Put in Place to Correct "Issues Underlying
March 19, 2010
A jury found Glass Emporium owner Mehrdad Hakimian guilty on all
counts yesterday in the charges filed against him related to insurance
fraud and the harboring of illegal aliens, according to the U.S.
Attorney's Office lead attorney on the case, Stephen Corrigan (CLICK
HERE for related story).
Hakimian is scheduled to be sentenced on June 4. The charges filed
against him, as the result of an investigation by the FBI, include
conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, harboring illegal aliens,
obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, and visa
Hakimian issued the following statement regarding the trial to
"Glass Emporium staff and management are disappointed in the
outcome of this trial, but everyone associated with the company
respects the jury's decision," he says.
In the faxed statement Hakimian also says the company has changed
its operating procedures since the FBI investigation began.
"Since the investigation began at the end of 2006, Glass Emporium
has implemented strict auditing procedures and investigation to
correct the issues underlying the charges and are confident that
these problems are resolved and will not occur," he says. "We
have reimbursed insurance companies involved for any errors and
we continue to have good working relationships with them."
HERE for the full text of the statement.)
In the details of the fraud charges, Hakimian was accused of directing
the company's employees to bill insurance companies "for the
cost of more expensive windshields than those installed
that less expensive windshields had been installed." Likewise,
the court charged him with directing employees to also separately
charge insurance companies for mouldings, clips and installation
materials, "even when those costs were included in the cost
of the windshields."
With regard to the obstruction of justice charges, Hakimian is
alleged to have "corruptly alter[ed], destroy[ed], mutilate[d],
and conceal[ed] documents and records, namely, glass invoices, glass
work orders, and electronically stored invoice records, with the
intent to impair their integrity and availability for use in an
official proceeding," according to documents filed in the case.
With respect to the illegal immigration charges, Hakimian is said
to have encouraged certain employees whom he knew were illegal aliens
to work from home in an effort to avoid being discovered by the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), according to the
indictment issued against him.
Two fellow employees, whom Hakimian is said to have directed in
these efforts, Bobby Guinto and Aldy Antonio, pleaded guilty previously,
and Glass Emporium vice president Emma DeGuzman was scheduled to
be on trial at the same time as Hakimian, but pleaded guilty just
before it was to begin to the charges related to harboring illegal
aliens, at which point the fraud charges against here were dismissed.
HERE for related story.)
Glass Emporium owns both Glass Pro and Glass Masters and has locations
throughout the United States.
Proceedings in the trial, held in U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California in Oakland, Calif., began on February 22.
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