Abra Autobody and Glass Sued by Former Employees for Fraud

For about a year Brian Mock and Peter Schimming worked side by side, making follow-up sales calls for Abra Autobody and Glass.

Now they sit side by side suing their former employer.

Mock says Abra is defrauding consumers

According to their lawsuit, Mock and Schimming claim, "Abra would use the cheapest glass available and pass it off as though it was of superior quality." The lawsuit also claims, "When an Abra employee would accidentally break glass on a customer's vehicle, the company would call in a glass claim and act as though they were the customer, actually supplying the customers' private information." The suit goes on to allege Abra routinely, "Charged customers and insurance companies for items that were either not necessary or not used at all and intentionally delayed the amount of time expended to repair vehicles."

Brian Mock says Abra’s actions affect everyone, "I've watched insurance rates go up, I've watched mine go up and I felt like this is something and somebody's got to come forward and put a stop to it. And it's just the way I've seen them treat their customers and employees and it just isn't right."

According to their lawsuit, soon after the men brought their concerns to their supervisors Abra singled them out and eliminated their jobs.

Peter Schimming, “They told me, it's been taken away, they don't want me here."

Mock says it was a huge surprise.

Mock and Schimming are seeking $300,000 for emotional distress and $10 million in punitive damages.

Clayton Halunen is representing the men and says they are being punished for doing the right thing, "What is the benefit to society for their efforts.. I think it's sizable because it's going to stop the conduct, but also hopefully it's gonna make the company accountable."

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Date: 4 March 2005
Source: Kare11

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