Criminal charges have now been filed in the case that, in April, got Glenn’s Towing LLC, booted from Warrington Township’s roster of duty tow companies.
Company owner Vlad Andrei Ungvari, 31, of Hatboro, is accused of overbilling Travelers Insurance after responding to a Feb. 28 crash at Folly and Bristol roads, according to authorities.
An investigation by Bucks County Detectives, the PA Attorney General’s Office, Warrington police and Travelers Insurance reportedly revealed that Ungvari charged for two tow trucks when only one went to the scene, billed for a wait time when there was none, and assessed fees for oil dry and cleanup when none was needed.
“Consumers in need of a tow are often in emotional distress and, sometimes, particularly at risk due to location of their vehicle,” Attorney General Michelle Henry said in a statement posted on the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office Crimewatch page. “That does not give any company the right to take advantage of someone in a pinch.”
The overcharges authorities allege pushed a bill that should have been for $485 up to $1,865.
After Warrington’s board of supervisors voted on April 11 to cut ties with Glenn’s Towing, Ungvari told the Herald his “mistake” in February stemmed from financial pressure that came with losing duty tow status — unfairly, he said — in Warminster at the start of the year.
During that April interview, Ungvari did not dispute authorities’ account of what happened.
Charged with filing a false insurance claim, unlawful use of a computer, criminal use of a communication facility and theft by deception, Ungvari was released on unsecured bail.
The case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber, chief of insurance fraud and economic crimes, and Deputy Attorney General Jose Perez.