January 9, 2020
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Three people were charged in King County Superior Court in connection to two auto insurance fraud cases after investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
In the first case, Sawsan Al-Tamimi and Yassir Al-Mtowag each were charged with one count of filing a fraudulent insurance claim, a felony.
According to the investigation, Yassir Al-Mtowag rear-ended another car in Issaquah at 7:50 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2018. His uninsured 2014 Ford Fiesta was registered to his Lynnwood, Wash., business, Sunshine Market. At 8:15 a.m., Al-Mtowag’s mother, Sawsan Al-Tamimi, called Progressive Insurance and added the Ford Fiesta to her policy. At noon, Al-Mtowag filed a claim with Progressive. He stated the collision happened after 9 a.m., but the driver of the other car told Progressive it occurred at 7:50 a.m. while she was driving to work.
The damage to both cars was estimated at $4,423. Progressive denied the claim and referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU.
In the second case, Moshe Kipersztok was charged with one count of filing a fraudulent insurance claim, a felony.
According to the investigation, Kipersztok’s GEICO policy was canceled for nonpayment on March 19, 2018. He reinstated coverage on his 2014 Audi Q5 effective April 5. On April 8, he filed a claim with GEICO for an estimated $6,438 in damage that he said occurred in a hit-and-run while the car was parked at a Bellevue restaurant on April 7.
GEICO ran a claim history on the Audi and found one filed with Travelers Insurance on March 23 for the same damage. Travelers denied the claim, which resulted from a collision with another vehicle, because of a dispute over which driver was at fault. GEICO also denied Kipersztok’s claim and referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU.
Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Washington State Patrol and state 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 Kreidler's website.