A Seattle woman has pleaded guilty to filing a false claim in an insurance case after allegedly smashing her van into two parked cars and then filing an insurance claim saying the van had been stolen, the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner reported.
Luom Vo, 38, was sentenced in King County Superior Court to 30 days community service and more than $4,000 in restitution and other costs.
According to Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit, Vo was driving on Seattle’s Beacon Avenue just before 2 a.m. on Nov. 27, 2009, when she hit two parked vehicles: a Volvo station wagon and a Pontiac Vibe. Her Honda van was disabled in the crash. Neighbors said they saw Vo then climb into a friend’s car and leave.
Later that day, Vo filed a claim with her insurer, PEMCO, saying that the van had been stolen. She subsequently insisted to a PEMCO investigator that she was not driving it when the crash happened.
The SIU investigation found that the van had not been stolen, and that she was, in fact, behind the wheel.
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