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Yakima County man fails to appear to face two fraud-related charges

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April 19, 2019

Photo of most wanted suspect, Roberto Roman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Roberto Roman, 22, of Granger, has been added to Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted after he failed to appear in Yakima County Superior Court to face charges of first-degree attempted theft and filing a false insurance claim. A bench warrant for his arrest was issued on April 15 and bail is set for $10,000. 

If you have information that may lead to his arrest, please contact your local law enforcement agency or contact Kreidler's Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).  

Roman was charged in March after an investigation by Kreidler’s CIU.

According to the investigation, Roman totaled his uninsured car on Sept. 28, 2018, in Yakima Valley when he fell asleep while driving. He purchased auto insurance from Progressive on Oct. 2 and filed a $10,131 claim the next day. Progressive found tow records showing the collision happened before Roman bought the policy and denied the claim. Progressive referred the case to 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.  

Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the insurance commissioner’s website.