Sacto 9-1-1
June 26, 2013
Windshield repairman pleads guilty to insurance fraud

A man who was employed as a windshield repair technician has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of insurance fraud.

An investigation by the California Department of Insurance's Urban Auto Task Force determined that Jacob Dufur, 22, and an accomplice were employed as windshield repair technicians for a franchise that specialized in repairing small windshield cracks. Between May 7, 2011, and March 19, 2012, Dufur and an accomplice submitted 121 fraudulent work orders to the parent company, Chipio Inc., for payment of windshield repairs that neither of them had performed, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

After paying Dufur and his accomplice for the alleged cost of the windshield repairs, the parent company submitted the work orders to the customer's automobile insurance company for payment. The franchise, the parent company and the insurance companies ended up paying $7,373 on the fraudulent work orders, officials said.

Dufur is to be sentenced July 24 in Sacramento Superior Court.

Authorities said an arrest warrant for insurance fraud has been issued for Dufur's accomplice.

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