July 1, 2015
OLYMPIA, Wash. – John F. Page, 51, formerly of Seattle, is being transported to King County Jail today from the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem to face two felony charges after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
Page was charged in March 2014 with one count of filing a false insurance claim and one count of criminal attempt in connection with a January 2012 auto collision. According to the case documents, Page claimed he crashed into a freeway barrier in Lewis County while driving his girlfriend’s van. He submitted claims totaling more than $33,000 to his insurance company, GEICO, for damage to the van and extensive dental work he said was necessary because of the accident. In September 2012, Page’s girlfriend contacted SIU to report that she was driving her uninsured van during the collision and Page was not with her. That led to the criminal investigation that resulted in two felony charges against Page.
Page failed to appear in King County Superior Court to face the charges against him in 2014 and the court issued a warrant for his arrest. He was later incarcerated in an Oregon prison on an unrelated criminal conviction. Kreidler’s SIU requested that Page be transferred back to the King County Jail in order to face the charges against him once his sentence was served in Oregon.
Kreidler’s SIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors to prosecute criminal cases. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.
# # #
Release No. 15-28