Washington Auto Glass Shop Owner Ordered to Pay $1.6 Million in Restitution to Insurers

August 23, 2011

Michael Perkins, the owner of Autoglass Express Inc. and Premier Auto Glass LLC in Burien, Wash., has been ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution to several insurance companies for what prosecutors have called "an overbilling scam." Perkins recently was sentenced to nine months jail (in a work release facility), 240 hours community service and restitution, but the amount of restitution sought was not released at the time of sentencing.

The breakdown of the fine, which came from the King County Superior Court, is as follows:
* State Farm Insurance: $864,640;
* Allstate Insurance Co.: $726,700; and
* Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Co.: $24,888.

Prosecutors alleged that Perkins' company "told insurers that higher-priced original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) glass had been installed, when workers were actually installing lower-cost aftermarket glass." Perkins pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree theft in April.

Allstate filed its own civil suit against Perkins, his wife, Trena, and their companies earlier this year, and has been awarded a $726,00 judgment in that case.

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