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Clark County man pleads guilty to felony attempted theft in auto claim

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May 21, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gary Lee Havens, 63, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court on May 14 to felony attempted theft in connection with an auto insurance claim. Havens was sentenced to pay $800 in court costs.

Havens was charged with attempted first-degree theft and perjury in September 2014 after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Gary Havens

The investigation revealed that Havens filed a claim with PEMCO Insurance that his vehicle was broken into at the SeaTac Marriott Hotel in March 2011 while he was attending a conference. He claimed 106 items totaling $45,277 were stolen from his vehicle and submitted receipts and photographs to prove he owned the items. The investigation revealed that seven of the photos he submitted as proof of ownership were taken in April 2011, a month after Havens filed his claim. The value of the seven items in the photos was $8,728; items included a camera bag, a computer, a nail gun and a circular saw. According to the King County Sheriff’s Office police report, Havens reported only four items as stolen on the day of the break-in. 

Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit investigates insurance fraud and works with the Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors to prosecute criminal cases.  Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.

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