July 14, 2016
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Jamilla Caston, 27, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court on June 28 to filing a fraudulent insurance claim. She was ordered to pay restitution for the $5,600 in fradulent claims and $600 in court costs, and to serve 80 hours of community service. She was given credit for the 14 days in jail she previously served due to a bench warrant in connection with an insurance fraud investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Full restitution will be determined at a later date.
According to the investigation, Caston was involved in a July 2014 collision in a parking lot; the at-fault driver was insured by State Farm. The company paid Caston $5,600 for medical bills related to the collision and for pain and suffering. Caston kept portions of the money for medical services because her health insurance paid the bills. In October 2014, Caston was involved in another collision and submitted medical bills from the July collision to the at-fault driver’s insurance, Nationwide, for payment. Nationwide referred the case to Kreidler’s SIU for investigation as required by law.
Caston failed to appear in court in December 2015; a warrant was issued for her arrest and she had been listed on Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted. In March 2016, she was arrested in Clark County, Nev., and transported to King County to face charges.
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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