August 23, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Michelle Rivard, 37, of Bellevue, joins Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted after she failed to appear in King County Superior Court to face a felony charge of filing a false insurance claim. A bench warrant for her arrest was issued on Aug. 2 and bail is set for $3,000.
Rivard was charged on July 19 after an investigation by Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU). According to the investigation, Rivard rear-ended a Jeep Laredo while driving in Redmond in June 2016 and purchased insurance from Progressive 10 minutes later. When she filed a claim, she altered the time of the collision on the police report to make it appear it happened after she bought the policy.
Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors to prosecute criminal cases. Insurance fraud costs the average family $400 to $700 per year in increased premiums. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.