February 14, 2018
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Satrauna Turk, 56, of Renton, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court of filing a fraudulent insurance claim, a felony. She will serve 240 hours of community service in lieu of 30 days in jail, reimburse $2,180 to Progressive Insurance and pay $800 in court fees.
Turk was charged in March 2017 after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU). According to the charges, Turk submitted falsified medical bills totaling more than $12,600 for herself and her three children to Progressive Insurance after a vehicle collision. She originally pleaded not guilty but changed her plea in lieu of going to trial.
Turk’s nephew was the driver in the collision on Oct. 26, 2014. He told his insurer, Progressive, that Turk and her three children were in the car with him during the collision. Turk falsified bills from Valley Medical Center for herself and her children showing charges of more than $12,600 paid with a credit card. Progressive settled with Turk for $2,180. Later, investigators verified with the hospital that the medical bills were fake, and that Turk and her children were not seen at the hospital on the date of the collision.
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. Insurance companies are required by state law to report suspected fraud. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.