January 24, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Brad Burmester, 51, of Vancouver, pleaded guilty to first-degree theft, a felony, in King County Superior Court. He will serve 100 hours of community service and pay $600 in court fees; he also paid $6,569 in restitution to PEMCO.
Burmester was charged with filing false insurance claims and first-degree theft after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
According to the investigation, Burmester, who operated a business called Alligator Auto Glass out of his former Kirkland home, filed 15 false claims totaling $6,569 with PEMCO Insurance for windshield or window repairs. All 15 claims were on behalf of people who were staff or parents of students at Juanita High School, where Burmester was employed as a security guard and coach. Students who park at the school are required to provide their insurance and vehicle information to receive a parking pass, and Burmester had access to that information. Burmester resigned from the school in April 2016. PEMCO started investigating the claims in March 2016 and referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU, as required by state law.
Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors to prosecute criminal cases. Insurance fraud costs the average family $400 to $700 per year in increased premiums. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.
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