Judge Hands Down Sentence to Washington Auto Glass Shop Owner
July 14, 2011
A Washington judge has sentenced an auto glass shop owner to restitution, nine months in a work release program and 240 hours community service for three counts of theft related to his business. Michael Alan Perkins, who owns Autoglass Express Inc. and Premier Auto Glass, both of which are based in his home in Burien, Wash., was charged with three counts of theft last July, and is alleged to have overbilled three insurers approximately $1.5 million over a 4-year period. He pleaded guilty in April.
The charges filed last summer involved State Farm Insurance, MetLife and Allstate, who say the theft occurred between September 2005 and December 2009 and that Perkins installed generic or aftermarket glass in approximately 4,800 cases while billing insurers for OEM parts.
The amount of the restitution Perkins has been ordered to pay has not been released.
In addition to the criminal charges Perkins faced, Allstate filed a civil case against him, his wife, Trena Perkins, and both their businesses, and last month a default judgment of $726,000 was issued against them.
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