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Klickitat County woman charged with insurance fraud

Investigation alleges Kaitlyn Parker-Lee filed deceptive claim after auto accident

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August 22, 2018

Kaitlyn Parker-Lee of Trout Lake

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Kaitlyn Parker-Lee, 29, of Trout Lake in Klickitat County, has been charged with filing a false insurance claim, a felony, following an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU)

Prosecutors charged Parker-Lee in Klickitat County Superior Court on Aug. 20. She pleaded not guilty. 

According to the investigation, Parker-Lee filed an insurance claim with Nationwide Insurance on Jan. 3, 2016, after she was involved in a collision with her 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage on Mount Adams Highway near Sunnyside Road in Trout Lake. 

She reported the accident as having occurred at 4:45 p.m. that day. Records show she completed buying a Nationwide auto policy via cellphone at 4:54 p.m. However, the driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision said the incident occurred at 3:30 p.m., according to the investigation. 

The other driver’s vehicle was listed as a total loss at nearly $11,000. Nationwide declined to compensate the driver after learning that Parker-Lee never had a valid insurance policy. 

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.