August 24, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Vyacheslav Vizitiv, 34, of Tacoma was arrested today after being sought for more than a year to face one count of first-degree identity theft and one count of filing a false insurance claim, both felonies. Vizitiv failed to appear in Pierce County Superior Court in March 2016 to face the charges and has been on Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted for more than a year.
Vizitiv was taken into custody by Kreidler’s detectives at a relative’s home in Pierce County and transported to Pierce County Jail. He was charged in February 2016 after an investigation by Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
According to the investigation, Vizitiv canceled the insurance on his 2002 Acura RSX on Dec. 10, 2014, when he was trying to sell it. On Dec. 24, Vizitiv was in a collision with another vehicle. He reinstated his policy with GEICO on Dec. 25 and submitted an online claim on Dec. 27 in his mother’s name, saying the Acura was damaged while parked at his apartment complex. On Dec. 28, the owner of the vehicle he hit filed a claim with GEICO for the damage to her car, including the actual date of the accident and the license plate number of Vizitiv’s Acura. GEICO referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU, as required by law.
Kreidler’s CIU 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.