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Media advisory: Hole-in-one fraudster to be sentenced in Seattle on Feb. 7

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February 6, 2014

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OLYMPIA, Wash. –  Kevin Kolenda, 56, is expected to appear for sentencing in King County Superior Court in Seattle at 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 7.

Kolenda pled guilty to three felony charges in King County Superior Court in October 2013 after Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit pursued him for selling insurance without a license and for failing to pay hole-in-one awards that he was contractually obligated to pay.

Sentencing detailsKevin Kolenda

Date: Feb. 7, 2014

Time: 2:45 p.m.

Location: King County Superior Court, room West 1060

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Kolenda has a long history of defrauding people through hole-in-one insurance scams. Kolenda in 1995 started a business called Golf Marketing, working out of a home his parents owned in Norwalk, Conn.. Since then, the business’ name has changed several times, including: Golf Marketing Worldwide LLC, Golf Marketing Inc., Hole-in-Won.com, and Hole-in-Won.com Worldwide.

He has been investigated or prosecuted for similar charges in many states, including Montana, Ohio, Georgia, California, New York, Hawaii, Alabama, Massachusetts, Florida, Connecticut and North Carolina. In December 2012, Kolenda was extradited to Washington from Connecticut. He was arrested and jailed in Connecticut in September 2012, after failing to appear in King County Superior Court for an arraignment for five felony charges. Consequently, the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest. Kreidler’s office issued a cease-and-desist order in 2004 and a $125,000 fine in 2008.

OIC’s Special Investigations Unit Director Mark Couey will attend the hearing and will be available for brief interviews.

Media contact: Kara Klotz, OIC Public Affairs; (360) 725-7053