Lee & Cates Glass VP Arrested for Fraud
August 5, 2009
Lee and Cates Glass Inc.'s vice president of operations, Scott
Cates, has been arrested for alleged involvement in a fraud case
brought by the Florida Financial Services Department's Division
of Insurance Fraud. A former Lee and Cates employee, Jennifer Lamunyon
Cribb, also was arrested today.
The arrests were made as part of an ongoing investigation, originally
announced in April (CLICK
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The state claims that four of the company's locations allegedly
overbilled numerous insurance companies more than $540,000 on more
than 1,300 separate fraudulent insurance claims.
Cates was charged with scheming to defraud, conduct of or participation
in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity and
three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud. Cribb has been charged
with scheming to defraud and presenting a false insurance claim.
When the investigation was announced initially, four employees were
arrested under similar charges, and since then, a total of 10 (including
Cates and Cribb) have been charged, according to a statement issued
by the Florida Financial Services Department.
The Division of Insurance Fraud alleges that the employees involved
overbilled windshields and associated parts by billing insurance
companies for a more expensive dealer windshield but installing
a less expensive substitute.
Additional arrests are expected, according to the statement issued
by the state.
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