February 26, 2016
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Leandre Garner, one of Washington state’s insurance fraud most wanted suspects, was arrested in California this week and transported to Pierce County Jail, where his bail was set at $10,000. Garner’s trial is set for April 21 in Pierce County Superior Court.
Garner was charged with second-degree attempted theft and filing a false insurance claim in September 2013 after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). According to the investigation, Garner, a resident of University Place at the time, obtained insurance for his 2007 Chrysler 300 in November 2012. The next day, he filed a claim with State Farm that his car was damaged in an apartment complex parking lot, along with a damage repair estimate of more than $4,300. However, the car was damaged before he purchased the insurance.
Garner failed to appear in court to face the charges and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
You can see a list of people who are wanted in Washington state in connection with insurance fraud cases, all of whom failed to appear to answer charges against them. If you have information about any of the most wanted, contact your local law enforcement agency or contact SIU.
Kreidler’s SIU 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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