Neb. Man Sentenced for Charging Insurers for Bogus Auto Glass Repairs

October 17, 2007

The Nebraska Department of Insurance announced earlier this month that James Almond III, dba Viking Glass, was sentenced by District Court Judge Thomas Otepka on three felony counts of insurance fraud.

Almond had been accused of submitting bogus invoices for auto
glass repair and replacement to 10 different property and casualty insurance companies. The activity is alleged to have occurred over several years resulting in a loss of $54,913.29. In all, 85 cases have been identified in which Almond is accused of submitting bogus invoices on behalf of consumers to the companies and/or their
third-party administrators for payment.

Almond was sentenced to three to five years’ imprisonment on two counts and 20 months to five years on the third count. He was also sentenced to pay the costs of prosecution.

Almond was arrested on September 10, 2007, while in custody
for another count of insurance fraud involving similar activity alleged to have occurred after his initial arrest. The investigation was conducted by the Nebraska Department of Insurance, Fraud Prevention Division.

Source: Nebraska Department of Insurance

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