Auto insurance

Felony charges for phony auto glass claims

Tuesday, November 1, 2016by  Jon Osterberg

man in court facing judgeA former Juanita High School coach has been charged for filing false insurance claims with PEMCO through his home-based auto glass company.

The Washington Insurance Commissioner says the man, age 50, filed 15 false Alligator Auto Glass claims totaling $6,569 involving staff or parents of students at Juanita. The former coach, who also worked as a security guard at the school, had access to students' insurance and vehicle information.

A quick look at Washington's Labor and Industries website for verifying businesses shows scores of auto glass companies, with 21 actively licensed and registered with the state. The site is a good tool to help you choose a business that's licensed, bonded, insured, and that has few or no violations.

PEMCO recommends that consumers tap this helpful information when hiring a business, contractor, or tradesperson. I found no listing for Alligator Auto Glass, which in itself might influence someone who's shopping for glass replacement or repair.

With so many companies to choose from, your safest bet is to pick an installer that's certified by the National Glass Association. Good examples are Speedy, Safelight, and Novus.

windshield being installed If you're a PEMCO policyholder who ever needs glass service, know that we've streamlined our repair process to make it simple for you. All you need to do is to choose a glass shop (your choice), and that shop will take care of all the paperwork directly with PEMCO.

Check out our tips for hiring contractors and "Beware of bargain windshield repairs."

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