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Klickitat County man fails to appear in court, joins Kreidler’s most wanted

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August 17, 2018

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Kim-Ramil Contreras Montaniel, 27, of Bingen, Wash., has joined Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted after he failed to appear in Klickitat County Superior Court on Aug. 6 to face a felony charge of filing a false insurance claim. A bench warrant for his arrest was issued on Aug. 10 and bail is set for $25,000. 

If you have information that may lead to Montaniel’s arrest, please contact your local law enforcement agency or contact Kreidler's Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).  

Montaniel was charged in July in connection with filing a fraudulent insurance claim after an investigation by Kreidler’s investigators. According to the investigation, Montaniel was in a collision with his 2017 Nissan Rogue on Jan. 17. After the collision, he purchased a Progressive auto insurance policy and filed a claim for $6,000 in damage that he said occurred on Jan. 19. The auto body shop estimate for the damage was dated Jan. 17. Progressive denied the claim and referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU.  

Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the state Attorney General’s Office 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.