OLYMPIA, Wash. – Roberto Roman-Salgado pleaded guilty in Yakima County Superior Court to filing a false auto insurance claim. Salgado will serve 25 days of electronic home monitoring and will pay $500 in court fees.
Officials charged Salgado after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
According to the investigation, Roman-Salgado totaled his uninsured car on Sept. 28, 2018, in Yakima Valley when he fell asleep while driving. He bought 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 the policy was purchased and denied the claim. Progressive referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU.
In a separate case, Sheri Lynn Danner was charged in King County Superior Court with one felony count of filing a fraudulent insurance claim.