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Fake stolen car insurance claim lands man in jail for 120 days

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December 28, 2018

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Enrique DeAnda Morales, of Auburn, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to one count of filing a fraudulent insurance claim in connection with an auto collision. He was sentenced to serve 120 days in jail, 24 months of probation and to pay $500 in court fees. His sentence is concurrent with an unrelated conviction.

Officials charged DeAnda with after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).  

According to the investigation, DeAnda rear-ended another driver on Aug. 8, 2017. On Aug. 9, he contacted Allstate, his insurer, to change the coverage on his 2011 Chevy Silverado from liability only to comprehensive coverage. On Aug. 10, he filed a claim with Allstate stating that the Silverado had been stolen while he was at work. Allstate denied the claim and referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU.

Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Washington State Patrol and state and local prosecutors on criminal cases. Insurance fraud costs the average family $400 to $700 per year in increased premiums. Insurance companies are required by law to report fraud to the commissioner.  

Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the insurance commissioner’s website.