Sacto 9-1-1
July 24, 2013
Windshield repair technician sentenced for insurance fraud

A 22-year-old man was sentenced today to two years in state prison after pleading no contest last month to felony insurance fraud in his role as a windshield repair technician.

An investigation by the California Department of Insurance's Urban Auto Task Force determined that Jacob Dufur and an accomplice were employed by 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 on windshield repairs that neither of them had made, 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.

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

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