November 22, 2016
OLYMPIA, Wash. – One person pleaded guilty in Kitsap County to attempted insurance fraud and felony charges were filed against three people in King County courts following investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
Crystal Truemper, 29, of Bremerton, pleaded guilty in Kitsap County Superior Court to attempting to file a false insurance claim. She was sentenced to 364 days’ confinement with 352 days suspended, 96 hours of community service, and $700 in court fees.
In September 2015, Truemper hit Andrew Washburn’s car during an auto collision in Silverdale. Truemper asked Washburn to hold off on filing a claim because she did not have insurance on her car. Later that day, Truemper purchased insurance from Esurance and told Washburn to proceed with filing a claim. Both drivers filed claims stating the collision happened two days after it did.
Washburn was found guilty of attempted second-degree theft. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail. That time was converted to 96 hours of community service and the rest of his sentence suspended. The U.S. Navy also disciplined Washburn and involuntarily discharged him.
Cherrisse Ransom, 43, of Seattle, was charged in King County Superior Court with one count of filing a false insurance claim. In November 2014, Ransom submitted falsified medical bills from Valley Medical Center totaling $9,009 to GEICO insurance, requesting reimbursement for treatment after an April 2014 collision. All of the bills were forgeries.
Larry R. Moshofsky, 39, formerly of Rochester, Wash., was charged in King County Superior Court with one count of filing a false insurance claim. Moshofsky totaled his 2005 Porsche Cayenne in a November 2015 collision before he purchased insurance for it. Two days after the accident, he bought insurance and then waited two weeks to file a claim based on a false police report that his car had been stolen and wrecked. The car’s value was estimated at more than $11,200.
Brandon R. Johnson, 38, of Kirkland, was charged in King County District Court with one count of filing a false insurance claim. In January 2016, he was hit by an uninsured motorist while driving his 2014 Kia Optima, which was also uninsured. He purchased insurance after the accident and waited three days to file a claim.
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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