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Date on Bike Receipt Outs Washington Woman’s Insurance Fraud

The fine details on a receipt for a mountain bike tripped up a would-be fraudster. Kristin Wright, of Everett, Wash., pleaded guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court to a gross misdemeanor count of filing a false insurance claim on her …

Obamacare Insurers Struggle to Set Plans Amid Threats to Program

Obamacare is stuck in limbo, and insurers and state regulators are struggling to set their plans for what’s increasingly shaping up as a chaotic year for the health-care program. After the failure of Republicans’ first attempt to repeal and replace …

Regulator Takes Focus on Climate Change Preparedness

With a calm demeanor and in a somewhat scientific tone he doesn’t mind using while explaining his stance on something, Mike Kreidler stood by his decision to call out the insurance industry and the rest of the nation’s insurance commissioners …

Washington Commissioner Fines Producers More Than $24,000

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler in March disciplined and issued fines totaling $24,250 against insurance companies, agents and brokers who violated state insurance regulations. Insurance companies Unitrin Auto and Home Insurance Co., Jacksonville, Fla.; fined $20,000 Unitrin issued insurance policies using …

Cellphone Records Call Up Fraud Against Washington Woman

An investigation by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s office has resulted in charges of theft and fraud against a Tacoma woman who attempted to collect insurance money for a car she claimed was stolen and destroyed in a fire. Donica …

Washington Fines 4 Insurance Companies For Overcharging

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is fining four insurance companies for overcharging consumers in Washington state. Kreidler’s office said Tuesday that Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co., Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., Hartford Insurance Co. of the Midwest, and Trumbull Insurance Co. have …

Washington Man Convicted Of Insurance Fraud over $200,000 Patio Cover

A jury on Wednesday convicted a Spokane, Wash. man of insurance fraud and attempted theft after claiming $200,000 for a snow-damaged patio cover. Keith R. Scribner, 48, is set to be sentenced April 16 in Spokane County Superior Court. The …

Former Agent in Washington Sentenced For Stealing $1 Million-Plus From Clients

A former insurance agent who stole more than $1 million from elderly clients has been sentenced to 75 months in prison. Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim was arrested in March 2011 after an investigation by the state insurance commissioner’s Special Investigations Unit found …

Washington Insurance Agent Who Sold Fake Policies Sentenced

An insurance agent who sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in fake business-insurance policies has been sentenced to more than two years in prison and ordered to pay back $532,659 in restitution. Brenda MacLaren-Beattie, 68, of Des Moines, Wash., was …

Washington Insurance Commissioner Fines Insurers $1M This Year for Violations

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has fined insurance companies nearly $1 million so far this year for violating Washington insurance laws, violations that include charging unapproved rates, improper advertising and failing to offer health coverage to children. The fines collected are …