December 5, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Abdikarin Mohamed and Shannon Schroeder have joined Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted after failing to appear in King County Superior Court to face felony charges related to separate insurance fraud cases. Bench warrants were issued for each of them. If you have information that may lead to their arrest, please contact your local law enforcement agency or contact Kreidler's Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
Mohamed 27, of Federal Way, was charged with one count of making a false insurance claim. According to the investigation, Mohamed filed a renter’s insurance claim with Homesite Insurance for nearly $9,500 worth of electronics and jewelry that he said were stolen from his vehicle. Belongings are covered by a renter’s or homeowner’s policy in the event of a theft from a vehicle. Mohamed claimed two items that were not in the vehicle – a Movado watch that was returned to Nordstrom and a Canon camera that he created a fake receipt for to prove he owned it. Homesite denied the claim and referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU. The judge set Mohamed bail at $10,500.
Schroeder, 38, of Everett, pleaded not guilty to one count of filing a false insurance claim. According to the investigation, Schroeder filed a claim with Esurance in July 2016 after she rear-ended another car on Interstate 5 in the Seattle area. The estimated amount of the claim for damage to both cars was approximately $9,500. Washington State Patrol’s collision report showed the accident occurred one hour before Schroeder bought the insurance policy online. The company denied the claim and referred the case to CIU. The judge set Schroeder’s bail at $5,075.
Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the state Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors on criminal cases. Insurance companies are required by law to report fraud to the Commissioner. 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.