Federal Court Levies Default Judgment of $726,000 Against Washington Auto Glass Shop and Its Owners in Allstate Fraud Case
June 23, 2011
A federal district court in Washington has agreed to a default judgment against Burien, Wash.-based Auto Glass Express and Premier Auto Glass and its owners, Michael and Trena Perkins, in a case filed by Allstate Insurance. The default judgment totals $726,700.53—including a principle claim of $637,724.23, more than $75,000 in interest (calculated at 12 percent), attorney fees and court costs related to insurance fraud charges.
The complaint, filed in January, alleged that the Perkins and their companies billed and were paid for OEM glass, while actually "purchasing and installing aftermarket windshields," according to court documents. Allstate accused the company and its owners of civil fraud, negligent misrepresentation, violation of the consumer protection act, breach of contract, bad faith, and violation of the criminal profiteering act in its original January 2011 complaint, and claimed that 2,572 Allstate customers “obtained fraudulent services” through the company.
The default judgment resulted from a motion by Allstate, alleging that while Michael Perkins advised the court in March that he would be representing himself, Trena Perkins and the two companies in the case, he “failed to answer, plead or otherwise defend in this action.”
Prior to the civil filing by Allstate, the Washington state insurance commissioner's office also had filed criminal charges against Michael Perkins for related allegations involving Allstate, State Farm and MetLife last July. Michael Perkins’ criminal case remains under the review of the King County Superior Court. According to information from the court, he issued a guilty plea in April and sentencing is scheduled for July 8.
Neither Michael nor Trena Perkins could be reached for comment.
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