March 23, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Satrauna Turk, 55, of Puyallup, pleaded not guilty in King County Superior Court yesterday to one count of filing a fraudulent insurance claim, a felony. Turk is scheduled to appear in court again on April 5.
She was charged on March 6 after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU). According to the charges, Turk submitted falsified medical bills totaling more than $12,600 for herself and her three children to Progressive Insurance.
Turk’s nephew was the driver in a collision on Oct. 26, 2014. He told his insurer, Progressive, that Turk and her three children were in the car with him during the collision. Turk falsified bills from Valley Medical Center for herself and her three children, showing charges of more than $12,600 that were paid with a credit card. Progressive settled with Turk for $2,180. Later, investigators verified with the hospital that the medical bills were fake, and that Turk and her children were not seen at the hospital on the date of the collision.
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.
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