Former Washington Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to Theft

April 26, 2019

Former Washington insurance agent Abu Ameena Ward has pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to one count of third-degree theft and was ordered to pay $18,666 in restitution to Farmers Insurance and $700 in court fees.

He entered the plea this week. Officials charged Ward in February after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit.

According to the investigation, Ward illegally collected more than $32,904 in commissions from Farmer’s Insurance after writing 51 fake renter insurance policies from December 2013 until January 2016. Ward became licensed to sell insurance in 2012 and Kreidler revoked his license in November 2017. Farmer’s terminated Ward’s employment in June 2016 for writing the questionable policies.

Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Washington State Patrol and state and local prosecutors on criminal cases.

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