April 18, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Three people were sentenced in connection with felony insurance fraud charges after investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
Dr. Jian Xu, 62, of Newcastle, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to first-degree theft, a felony. He was sentenced to pay $91,490 in restitution to UNUM Insurance and court fees.
According to the investigation, Xu collected more than $304,000 in long-term disability payments and $55,400 in unemployment benefits to which he was not entitled. Xu collected long-term disability payments from UNUM Insurance from 2006 until 2015 while he was working at colleges and universities. Xu also altered Social Security Administration documents that he submitted to UNUM as proof that he was not eligible for Social Security disability insurance.
The Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General referred and assisted Kreidler’s CIU with this investigation.
Dawn Jackson, 35, of SeaTac, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to second-degree theft, a felony. She was sentenced to serve two months of electronic home monitoring and 240 hours of community service, and to pay $11,812 in restitution to GEICO and court fees.
According to the investigation, an uninsured motorist hit Jackson in September 2014 in Seattle. A month after the collision, she submitted fake medical bills to her auto insurer, GEICO, for treatment for herself and her three children from Valley Medical Center. None of them was seen or treated at the hospital after the accident.
Alhagie Abdoulie Kanaji, 40, of Blaine, was sentenced in King County Superior Court to 80 hours of community service and to pay restitution of $3,693 to GEICO. Kanaji was found guilty of filing a false insurance claim, a felony, after a three-day trial last month.
According to the investigation, Kanaji was involved in an auto collision in July 2014 in Seattle. Kanaji filed a claim with GEICO, saying his car was vandalized 10 days after the collision while it was parked at a friend’s house in Marysville. GEICO declared the car a total loss and paid Kanaji nearly $3,700. Investigators determined the car was damaged by the collision but was not vandalized, as Kanaji had reported.
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.
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