September 15, 2015
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Arfa Juma, 32, of SeaTac, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court on Aug. 21 to attempted second-degree theft in connection with an auto insurance claim.
Juma received a 24-month deferred sentence, under the condition that he complete 80 hours of community service and pay fees and restitution within one year. The amount of restitution will be determined at a later hearing.
Authorities charged Juma after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). According to the case report, Juma was in a collision in November 2012 and filed a claim with American Family Mutual Insurance Co. for damage to the front of his car. The company paid him $1,129.
In April and November 2013, he filed claims with State Farm Insurance for damage to the front end of his car for what he said were separate incidents. Photos taken after each of the three claims show the same damage, indicating that he never had the car repaired. State Farm paid Juma $2,536 for the second claim and did not pay the third claim.
Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit 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.
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Release No. 15-40