Washington Insurance Commissioner Combats $250K in Insurance Fraud in 2013

In 2013 the Washington Insurance Commissioner’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) sent 11 insurance fraud cases to the court system that resulted in 32 felony charges and prevented more than $237,000 in immediate loss in 11, according to Mike Kreidler’s office.

The criminal charges included filing false insurance claims, conspiracy, forgery, money laundering, and first- and second-degree theft. Courts ordered more than $125,000 of restitution and fines. The bulk of the cases occurred in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties.

“Insurance crime is not something we take lightly in Washington state,” said Kreidler. “Fraudulent claims raise costs for law-abiding consumers. We work closely with insurance companies to protect consumers from being victimized by scammers.”

Some of the high-profile cases:

The SIU investigates criminal insurance fraud in Washington state, receiving an average of 200 referrals per month. The unit works closely with insurance companies, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), county prosecutors and the Washington state Attorney General’s Office.

In 2013, the SIU handled 78 criminal cases; 35 search warrants were served on various banks, Internet service providers, offices and other businesses in support of these investigations.

Source: Washington Insurance Commissioner’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU)