Washington Auto Glass Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud Charges Involving Farmers

December 22, 2009

Robert T. Wooster, the owner of Dr. Bob’s Auto Glass and DRB Enterprises Auto Glass in Olympia, Wash., has pled guilty to first-degree theft for allegedly overbilling Farmers Insurance at least $100,000 over the course of several years, according to an announcement by the state’s insurance commissioner, Mike Kreidler.

According to Kreidler, Wooster had been “doctoring his invoices, illegally inflating them.”

Farmers contacted Kreidler’s office when the company became suspicious of Wooster’s invoices, and the office’s Special Investigations Unit launched an insurance fraud investagtion. The investigators had served a search warrant on Wooster’s business in late 2007 and seized dozens of fraudulent invoices, according to the state.

Investigators allege that Wooster would replace chipped or cracked windshields, but would then bill the insurer for sidelites or backlites. The insurance commissioner says they found more than 100 cases of this in Wooster’s files.

In addition, the insurance commissioner’s office has charged Wooster with submitting “bogus” invoices, charging Farmers for more expensive glass than was actually installed, and invoicing for parts that weren’t required, such as mouldings.

Wooster pled guilty last week in the Clark County Superior Court and will face sentencing in mid-February.

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