Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Juanita High School security guard pleads guilty to theft, insurance fraud

OLYMPIA, Wash. Jan 25 2017- A former security guard and coach at Juanita High School in Kirkland has pleaded guilty to first-degree theft after filing more than $6,500 in false insurance claims, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler reports.
Brad Burmester, 51, entered the plea in King County Superior Court. He will serve 100 hours of community service and pay $600 in court fees. He also has paid $6,569 in restitution to PEMCO Insurance for the false claims.
The Insurance Commissioner's Criminal Investigations Unit launched an investigation into Burmester's activities after officials there were contacted by PEMCO Insurance about suspicious claims.
The investigation found that 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, according to court records.
All 15 claims were on behalf of people who were staff or parents of students at Juanita High School, where Burmester worked 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, the investigation found.
PEMCO started investigating the claims in March 2016 and referred the case to the Insurance Commissioner's Office, as required by state law.

Burmester resigned from the school in April 2016.

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