September 28, 2015
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Two people recently were convicted of crimes related to insurance fraud cases investigated by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
John F. Page of Seattle pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to filing a false insurance claim. He was sentenced to three months in jail and ordered to pay $910 in restitution and court costs.
Page submitted claims totaling more than $33,000 for auto damage and extensive dental work to his insurance company after a January 2012 car accident. Page said he was driving on Interstate 5 through Lewis County and hit a freeway barrier. Eight months later, Page’s then-girlfriend contacted Kreidler’s investigators, saying she was the driver and Page was not with her. Page failed to appear in King County Superior Court in 2014 to face the charges; in July 2015, he was transported from the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem.
Kim Tsosie of Tenino received a deferred sentence in Thurston County Superior Court. Tsosie was charged in February 2015 with one count of perjury after she reported her pickup truck stolen to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and her auto insurance company in June 2014. The month after her reports, she withdrew her insurance claim and reported to the Sheriff’s Office that the car was being held for nonpayment after she took it in for repairs. The perjury charge against Tsosie will be dismissed if she completes a diversion program in two years, including paying $700 in court fees.
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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Release No. 15-42