March 11, 2019
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Paul Albarella, 40, of Kennewick, joined Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted for failing to appear in Franklin County Superior Court to face a first-degree attempted theft charge. The court issued a bench warrant for his arrest and set bail at $10,000.
According to the investigation, Albarella purchased GEICO insurance for his 1996 Ford F250 on April 19, 2016. He filed a claim worth $8,038 the next month, stating that the truck was damaged in a collision on May 14 on the property of a Pasco storage facility. GEICO found documentation from the storage facility stating the collision occurred on April 18, 2016, the day before he bought the policy. GEICO denied the claim and referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU.
William Boswell IV, 24, of Port Orchard, joined Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted after he failed to appear in King County Superior Court to face four felony counts of making a false insurance claim. The court issued a no-bail bench warrant for his arrest.
According to the investigation, Boswell filed 10 false claims from February through May 2017 with four insurers totaling more than $40,000. All of the claims were on renter’s policies for a residence in Port Orchard and involved falsified documentation showing power surges damaged computers and a TV. Two of the companies paid Boswell more than $13,000. All four companies referred the claims to Kreidler's Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
If you have information that may lead to their arrest, please contact your local law enforcement agency or contact Kreidler’s CIU.
Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Washington State Patrol and state 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.