Trial Set for September 21 in Glass Emporium Case
June 11, 2009

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California has scheduled a trial for Mehrdad "Tony" Hakimian, owner of Glass Emporium of Marin Inc., and an employee, Emma Deguzman, for September 21. Hakimian and Deguzman, along with two other employees of the Oakland, Calif.-based company, were charged in December 2007 with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and commission of wire fraud by inflating prices of windshields when billing insurance companies and billing for unused parts. Glass Emporium also owns Glass Pro and Glass Masters, which have locations throughout the United States. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

Jack Gillund, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, would not comment on the case further than to advise of the trial date and those involved.

"Because this is an open case, state and federal regulations do not allow me to provide any further information," Gillund says. "These rules are in place to protect the rights of the defendants and preserve the integrity of the trial."

The criminal complaint originally was filed by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent William Leoni in the U.S. District Court of Northern California.

William Osterhoudt, attorney for Hakimian, had not responded to™/AGRR magazine's calls for comment at press time.

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