Tow company owner charged for charging insurance company 3 times what it should've, prosecutors say

Tow company owner charged for charging insurance company 3 times what it should’ve, prosecutors say

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, December 8th 2023, 4:33 PM EST)

WARRINGTON, Pa. (TND) — The owner of a towing company that worked for a township outside Philadelphia is charged with overinflating a bill to an insurance company after a driver’s crash.

That wreck happened in February.

A silver 2018 Toyota Camry struck a curb, hit a telephone pole, and rolled back into the street. The car had front-end damage, needed a tow truck, and was the only vehicle involved.

Police said Glenn’s Towing was the duty-tow company for Warrington Township. It sent a flatbed tow truck and its driver picked up the damaged car, took away debris, and moved the Camry to its storage yard.

Later, Travelers Insurance deemed the vehicle a total loss and had its salvage vendor retrieve it.

Glenn’s Towing sent Travelers an invoice for $1,865 but the claim manager “suspected questionable and likely inflated billing,” police said, and asked the company’s special investigations unit to look into what happened.

They and a detective with the district attorney’s office spoke to witnesses, including the driver of the Camry and tow truck operator, and concluded the owner of the towing company, Vlad Andrei Ungvari, “provided a fraudulent invoice to an insurance carrier with the intent that he would be paid in whole for services not rendered.

Tow company owner charged for charging insurance company 3 times what it should've, prosecutors say
Vlad Andrei Ungvari was charged with filing a false insurance claim, unlawful use of a computer, criminal use of a communication facility, and theft by deception, Dec. 7, 2023. (Warrington Police Dept.)

“The investigation found that Ungvari overbilled the insurance company by $1,380, which included charging for two tow trucks when only one went to the crash site, billing them for wait time when there was no wait, and billing them for oil dry and multiple cleanups when none was needed.”

Ungvari, 31, was charged with filing a false insurance claim, unlawful use of a computer, criminal use of a communication facility, and theft by deception.

He was released on $100,000 unsecured bail.

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