March 29, 2016
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Andrew Borneman, 34, of Tacoma, pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to attempting to file a false insurance claim, a gross misdemeanor. Borneman was sentenced to 364 days in jail, which were suspended, 24 hours of community service and must pay restitution of more than $18,000 to State Farm and Grange insurance companies and $700 in court fees. Borneman will be on probation for two years.
Officials charged Borneman with one count of filing a false insurance claim and one count of attempted first-degree theft earlier this year after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
According to the investigation, Borneman was driving his uninsured 1972 Chevrolet truck in August 2014 when he hit two parked vehicles. Shortly after the collision, Borneman’s wife bought an insurance policy for the Chevy truck. A few hours later, Borneman filed a claim for nearly $16,000 in damage to the first vehicle he hit and nearly $3,600 in damage to the second vehicle he hit.
Kreidler’s SIU 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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