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Kent woman joins Kreidler's insurance fraud most wanted list

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May 10, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tiera Bates, 31, of Kent, failed to appear in King County Superior Court to face a charge of filing a false insurance claim. A bench warrant for her arrest was issued on April 29 and her bail is set for $2,000. Bates now joins Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted. Tiera Bates

Bates was charged April 6 in connection with a false auto insurance claim. According to the investigation, Bates purchased an auto insurance policy on July 3, 2015 from Lyndon Southern Insurance Co. Three days later, she filed a $4,200 claim for a reported hit-and-run collision that damaged her 2006 Cadillac SRX. Investigators determined the photo of the damage to the car that Bates submitted with her claim was taken on July 3, a couple of hours before she bought the policy.

The insurance company denied the claim and referred the case to Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

If you have information that may lead to the arrest of anyone wanted for insurance fraud, please contact your local law enforcement agency or contact SIU.

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.

Consumers can also watch Commissioner Kreidler’s recent interview on TVW about insurance fraud.

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