April 24, 2018
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Darius DeShazier, 25, of Tumwater, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court on April 20 to one felony count of filing a fraudulent insurance claim and one non-felony count of solicitation of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act (VUCSA) in connection with an auto collision. DeShazier is serving 30 days in King County Jail, followed by 24 months of unsupervised probation. He will pay $600 court fees and restitution to be determined at a later date.
Officials charged DeShazier in October 2017 after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
According to the investigation, in February 2016, DeShazier stopped his car in the HOV lane on Interstate 5, turned off the car lights and stepped out of the car. Another driver hit his car from behind, not seeing it until it was too late to stop. DeShazier and three passengers sought treatment at a Federal Way hospital, saying they were in the car at the time of the collision and claiming to be injured. The hospital submitted medical bills totaling $8,876 to Progressive Insurance, DeShazier’s insurer, for his treatment. A few days later, DeShazier sought more treatment at a Tacoma hospital for continued pain, and the hospital sent Progressive a bill for $1,595. Both hospitals prescribed a narcotic to DeShazier because he complained of pain from the collision.
Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the state Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors on criminal cases. Insurance fraud costs the average family $400 to $700 per year in increased premiums. Insurance companies are required by law to report fraud to the Commissioner. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.