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Kennewick woman is serving jail time for fraudulent car insurance claims

OLYMPIA, Wash. — After pleading guilty to charges related to fraudulent insurance claims, a Kennewick woman spent 15 days in jail and paid an $800 fine after being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

According to Kreidler’s office, the woman pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false insurance claim and two counts of attempted second-degree robbery in Benton County Superior Court.

In December 2018, the woman filed a claim with Safeco Insurance; stating that she was the victim of a hit and run while sitting in her parked car.

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She claimed she was injured in the crash and sought reimbursement for 55 hours lost from work, as well as money lost for a previously planned family vacation. These claims included $800 for damages and $3,265 for other claims.

However, the investigation revealed that the woman was not supposed to work during the period she claimed to have missed. Moreover, they discovered that her family had taken the vacation as planned instead of missing it as she had previously suggested.

Not only did Safeco deny the claim, but the company forwarded its findings to the CIU in accordance with Washington state law.

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The following comments were made to end the public comment of the Commissioner of Insurance:

Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Washington State Patrol and state and local prosecutors on criminal cases. Insurance fraud costs the average family $400 to $700 a year in increased premiums. Insurance companies are required by law to report fraud to the Commissioner.

Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud to Kreidler detectives.

KAPP KVEW has decided not to release the name of this Kennewick woman as it is a non-violent criminal offence.

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